Rams sign 2nd-round pick Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rams sign 2nd-round pick Laurinaitis

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams signed three draft picks Wednesday, including second-rounder James Laurinaitis.

Only first-round pick Jason Smith, an offensive tackle from Baylor who was the second overall selection, remained unsigned. Practice begins Thursday for quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans with the first full-squad workout under new coach Steve Spagnuolo on Friday.

The Rams also signed fourth-rounder Darell Scott, a defensive tackle from Clemson, and sixth-rounder Keith Null, a quarterback from West Texas A&M.

Laurinaitis, an All-America from Ohio State, totaled 375 tackles in college. He was the 35th overall pick of the draft.

Scott, 6-3 and 312 pounds, was a three-year starter at nose guard and started his final 38 games in college. He totaled 161 tackles with nine sacks and 36 quarterback pressures over four seasons.

Null, 6-4 and 220 pounds, holds school career records for yards passing (9,769), completion percentage (67.5), touchdown passes (92) and total offense (9,174). He also holds Lone Star Conference career records for yards passing per game (315.1) and touchdown passes (92).

Null was MVP of the Valero Cactus Bowl, the Division II All-Star game, after his senior year. He passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns in that game.

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