Rams ink draft class, including Robinson, Sam


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St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams signed their entire 2014 draft class on Thursday, including No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson and Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Sam, who publicly declared his homosexuality before the scouting combine in February, was taken in the seventh round with the No. 249th overall pick, seven spots before the end of the draft.

The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year recorded 11 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss in his senior season at Missouri and is expected to compete for a reserve role on a Rams team well-stocked along the defensive line.

Robinson, a 6-foot-5 offensive lineman from Auburn, started all 14 games last season and blocked for a running attack that set program records for rushing yards and touchdowns.

Running back Tre Mason, taken by the Rams in the third round and also signed Thursday, was a big part of that Auburn attack.

The other eight players signed were defensive tackle Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State), safety Mo Alexander (Utah State), cornerback E.J. Gaines (Missouri), quarterback Garrett Gilbert (SMU), offensive tackle Mitchell Van Dyk (Portland State), safety C.B. Bryant (Ohio State) and center Demetrius Raney (Tennessee State).

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