The Rams still haven't worked out a deal with top pick Sam Bradford, but they have inked the man who they hope will be on the receiving end of a lot of Bradford passes in the next few years.
WR Mardy Gilyard, whom St. Louis selected in the fourth round with the 99th overall pick, agreed to a four-year, $2.34 million contract, according to the Twitter account of his agent, David Lee. The former Cincinnati Bearcat is expected to contribute in the receiving corps and in the return game
DE Hall Davis, a fifth-round selection from Louisiana-Lafayette, also agreed to terms with the Rams. The terms of the deal have not been announced.
In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 5-11 7/8, 187-pound Gilyard "lacks desirable speed to threaten off the line, but is a smooth-moving slot receiver with run-after-catch skills and return ability that adds to his value." Regarding Davis, Nawrocki wrote that the 6-4, 271-pounder "has the size, athletic ability and versatility to fit in a variety of schemes as a base end or potentially even as a rush linebacker."
"I am happy to have these players signed," Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said in a press release. "Once training camp begins, these rookies can direct all of the focus on football and not be concerned with the business side of things."
St. Louis has now signed eight of its 11 draft picks but is still negotiating with Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma and the No. 1 overall selection in the draft.
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