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The Rams signed veteran backup Shaun Hill of the Detroit Lions in free agency, but the 34-year-old veteran has just another year or two left in the tank, at best.
Hill will replace Kellen Clemens as the team's No. 2 quarterback, but the team needs a young, long-term backup, and SMU's Garrett Gilbert is a sensational fit.
At 6'4" and 221 pounds, Gilbert has ideal size for an NFL quarterback and has the physical aspects of a pro passer, but he lacks production.
Gilbert spent three years with the Texas Longhorns before transferring to Southern Methodist.
In his first four college seasons, Gilbert struggled with a combined 28 touchdowns and 38 picks in 37 games. Nothing about his play suggested he was a future NFL prospect, but his final season changed everything.
In 2013, Gilbert bounced back with 21 touchdowns, 3,528 yards and just seven interceptions. He also finished with a career-high 66.5 completion rate.
Gilbert's number would have been even more impressive had he not missed two games with an injury, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Clearly, Gilbert is a late bloomer. With a few years of coaching, he has the ability to be St. Louis' long-term backup.