Rams sign undrafted rookie OL Graham Pocic

7/30/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

While the St. Louis Rams have been getting attention for all sorts of ongoing competition across the roster, the settling in of a refurbished interior offensive line remains one of the unsung battles of training camp.
Even though Scott Wells and Harvey Dahl are assumed to be in a leading position to start at the center and right guard spots, nothing has been set in stone at this point. In fact, with training camp all but few days, a sort of uncertainty currently hangs over the middle three positions.
Additionally, with Barrett Jones, Shelly Smith and Chris Williams all already in contention across the interior offensive line, the position got a bit more crowded on Monday with the St. Louis Rams signing undrafted rookie offensive lineman Graham Pocic. The move was disclosed via the NFL’s official transactions.
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Pocic was a mainstay across the middle of the Fighting Illini’s offensive line, making 34 starts at center over his final three collegiate seasons – including 26 consecutive starts at the position prior to the 2012 season. However, Pocic has experience as a right tackle as well after making a pair of starts at the position during his senior season at Illinois. He made eight starts at center last season.
Pocic also earned All-Big Ten honors from the media and was voted team captain in 2012.
After going undrafted in April, Pocic was initially signed by the Houston Texans, before being released shortly afterwards. The 23-year-old Pocic is currently listed as a tackle on the St. Louis Rams’ roster.
So, while Pocic may not make a big free agent signing, he brings plenty of experience to the Rams' rookie class. His addition also brings the St. Louis Rams’ offseason roster up to the 90-player limit at this point in training camp.
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