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Rams sign all seven draft picks

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With one OTA remaining in the St. Louis Rams' off-season program, the team went from having no draft picks signed to getting them all done Thursday. The Rams are the 10th NFL team to have their draft choices signed.

That includes two No. 1 picks, wide receiver Tavon Austin and linebacker Alec Ogletree. Those two bring to eight the number of first-round choices signed in the NFL.

The other picks signing with the Rams were safety T.J. McDonald (third round), wide receiver Stedman Bailey (third), center Barrett Jones (fourth), cornerback Brandon McGee (fifth) and running back Zac Stacy (fifth).

The Rams had been the only team in the NFL without any signed draft picks, but that was by design. The team believes there's no rush to get signing bonus money into players' hands while they are participating in off-season work.

With OTAs ending Friday, the rookies will be around for another week for mostly conditioning and community activities.

Before the signings, coach Jeff Fisher said, "They've got a roof over their head and three meals, and they're doing fine right now. We just feel like they'll be better suited if we can take them through step A and B of Financial Planning 101 before we give 'em the money. It's just that simple."
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