On the first day of the second organized team activity (OTA) session of the summer, Thursday afternoon, the St. Louis Rams announced that they have officially signed all 11 of their 2014 draft picks, meaning the entire class will be ready to go, not just for this summer's OTAs, but also for training camp, which will begin next month.
St. Louis' 11-man draft class includes first-round picks Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald, second-round pick Lamarcus Joyner, third-round pick Tre Mason, fourth-round choice Maurice Alexander, sixth-round picks E.J. Gaines and Garrett Gilbert, and seventh-round selections Mitchell Van Dyk, Christian Bryant, Michael Sam and Demetrius Rhaney.
There used to be much drama and consternation over getting draft picks signed before training camp, but with the new collective bargaining agreement the players signed at the last negotiation, draft salaries are basically slotted based on draft position.
So length of deal and amount of deal issues are basically decided before the player and the teams even sit down to discuss any actual contract.
As they did last year, the Rams waited until they had signed all their draft picks before announcing they had signed any of them. They then put the rookies through a training course on many management and other things before making the contracts official.
"With the new rookie cap and everything, it's really not difficult to get the deals done," head coach Jeff Fisher said earlier this week, before the signing announcement was made. "So we just felt like this time would be better served putting them in situations from an educational standpoint -- financial planning and those kinds of things. We've done a lot of that."
Terms of the deals were not released.