According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with fourth-round wide receiver Greg Salas of Hawaii. Salas is the first of the Rams' eight drafted players to sign.
Salas is a big target, checking in at 210 pounds and measuring a little over 6'1". Of all his assets, he is known most for his soft hands.
According to draftcountdown.com, Salas is athletic, possesses superb ball skills and has nice body control. He is capable of picking up yardage after the catch and and plays tough, willing to go across the middle. Salas is also said to have a high football IQ.
He was very productive at Hawaii, earning first team all-WAC honors in 2009 and 2010, catching over 100 passes each year. Salas also hauled in 26 touchdown passes during that time frame.
He ended his career with a bang hauling in 13 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns in the Sheraton Bowl.
His timed 40 speed in the mid-4.5 range isn't special; but we all know that some great wide receivers like Jerry Rice and Anquan Boldin were timed slower than that. Quickness, ball skills, route running and body control, among other things, factor in to a receivers success at the NFL level.
Salas had a good combine, finishing as the seventh fastest in the three-cone drill among all receivers and. running backs. He also finished in the top 10 in the 60 yard shuttle. Both of these numbers tend to indicate an ability to change directions quickly. In football terms, he should be able to get in and out of breaks efficiently.
To go with his size, Salas leaped 37 inches at the combine. He was a big touchdown maker at Hawaii, and his size and explosion bode well as a red zone threat for Sam Bradford and the Rams.
One of the things that attracted the Rams to Salas was his ability to line up both outside and in the slot. Rams General Manager Billy Devaney said on ramsrule.com:
“He can play everything also. He’s been an outside guy. He’s played a lot as an inside guy, so he gives us a lot of flexibility also.”
Salas will be able to participate in the Rams' entire training camp. St. Louis will conduct physicals and other pre-camp activities on Friday with the first training camp practice beginning Saturday at 1:50 PM at the Russell Training Center.
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