NFC West: Will Franklin

Rams placed waiver claim on receiver

April, 14, 2009
4/14/09
11:07
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams tried and failed to claim recently released Chiefs receiver Will Franklin off waivers, but the Lions' claim prevailed based on their worse record in 2008.

The Rams did add to their numbers at receiver late last week by signing Horace Gant, a former undrafted free agent from Division III St. Olaf. Gant is 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds.

Franklin was a fourth-round pick in 2008. He had seven catches in 13 games as a rookie.

Pick 2008 2007 2006 2005
4
Darren McFadden
Gaines Adams
D. Ferguson Cedric Benson
37
Curtis Lofton
Eric Weddle
Jimmy Williams
Shaun Cody
68
Chevis Jackson
Quincy Black
Claude Wroten
Courtney Roby
105
Will Franklin
A.J. Davis
Ko Simpson
Ray Willis
137 John David Booty
Le'Ron McClain
Terna Nande
Ronald Fields
178 Taylor Mehlhaff
Nick Folk
Keith Ellison
Anthony Bryant
213 Chaun. Washington
Chase Pittman James Wyche
Derek Anderson
245 Lionel Dotson
Marcus Hamilton
Spencer Toone
Kurt Campbell
247 Kirk Barton
Mike Elgin
Anthony Cannon
Keyonta Marshall
248 Marcus Monk
Keith Jackson
Aaron Merz
Patrick Estes

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks hold the fourth, 37th, 68th, 105th, 137th, 178th, 213th, 245th, 247th and 248th choices in the 2009 draft. For perspective, I've singled out the last four players chosen in those spots.

Seattle drafted one of those players: offensive lineman Ray Willis, taken 105th in 2005, Tim Ruskell's first season as team president.

The Seahawks have four seventh-round choices this year. Ruskell's teams have fared well drafting in the seventh round. The last five players his teams have drafted in the round remain on NFL rosters, all drafted since 2006: Justin Forsett, Brandon Coutu, Steve Vallos, Ryan Plackemeier and Ben Obomanu.

Ninety-five of the 132 seventh-round choices drafted by other teams during the same span remain on NFL rosters.

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