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Seventh heaven: Rams load up on final round

7/23/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams certainly never set out to amass 13 seventh-round draft choices, three more than any other team in the league. It just worked out that way.

Ronald Curry, a seventh-round choice of the Raiders in 2002, became the lucky 13th when St. Louis acquired him from the Lions by trade Wednesday.

Rosters are at their fattest this time of year, so the total will certainly shrink.

The Rams' failure in the early rounds of past drafts -- before the current regime took over -- has probably left more room for later-round players.

Billy Bajema's addition could help cost 2006 second-rounder Joe Klopfenstein a roster spot. At linebacker, the Rams have parted with 2003 second-rounder Pisa Tinoisamoa, 2004 fourth-rounder Brandon Chillar and 2006 third-rounder Jon Alston, creating room for seventh-rounders David Vobora and Chris Chamberlain. At running back, the Rams practically gave
away 2007 second-rounder Brian Leonard, making it more likely for seventh-rounder Chris Ogbonnaya to stick.