The Rams hope they’ve found a hidden gem in their seventh round pick in the draft, as they have selected Stephen F. Austin’s Jabara Williams with the 228th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Williams ran a 4.58 40 at 228 pounds during the Lumberjacks Pro Day. He was also the Southland Conference’s defensive player of the year.
Williams completed 405 tackles over the course of his four years with the Lumberjacks, adding 25 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He projects as a 4-3 weak side linebacker, and the Rams had a lot of problems filling that role last season with Chris Chamberlain and Bryan Kehl ending the season as the top two on the depth chart there.
The Rams have focused heavily on bolstering their defense and receiving corps in this draft. Robert Quinn should be a real boon to them as he develops next to Chris Long. Williams isn’t the most heralded player in their class here, but he should get every opportunity to play given how weak the Rams linebackers are outside of James Laurinaitis.