Rams agree to terms with rookie LB Ebukam
- The Los Angeles Rams signed first-year outside linebacker Samson Ebukam to a four-year contract Tuesday, as well as the remainder of their 2017 draft class.
- It’s not hard to see what defensive coordinator Wade Phillips liked in Ebukam. His 86.8 overall grade in college in 2016 was the 19th-best mark out of 348 edge defenders to play at least 230 snaps. He was used most often as a pass-rusher at Eastern Washington, with 379 snaps rushing the passer, fifth-most among all 3-4 outside linebackers. His pass-rushing productivity rating on those snaps was 13.2, 16th-highest grade among 81 3-4 outside linebackers with at least 100 snaps as a pass-rusher.
- Ebukam is athletic enough to drop into coverage when needed, and to do so effectively. He allowed 6 total yards in 79 snaps in coverage, which is 0.08 yards per cover snap. This was the second-best mark among 3-4 outside linebackers with at least 71 snaps in coverage.