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Just because a player is drafted doesn’t mean he’s going to make the team as a rookie. That’s especially true of late-round picks taken on the final day of the draft.
Earnest Brown IV is an example of that. The fifth-round rookie is the Rams’ only draft pick who did not make the 53-man roster, a somewhat surprising decision by the team. However, Brown didn’t make many standout plays in the preseason and the Rams are deep along the defensive line.
Brown looked like someone who could replace Morgan Fox at defensive end in a pass-rushing role when he was drafted out of Northwestern, but he had a quiet camp and preseason. The Rams can still try to bring him back on the practice squad, but that will only happen if he clears waivers first.