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Rams rookies ready for Thursday's full workout

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(FootballStL) -- For the second straight year, the Rams enter the season as the youngest team in the NFL. Jeff Fisher's 2nd rookie class features seven draft picks, plus 25 undrafted rookies. With their two-day rookie camp now in the books, this 2013 class awaits the arrival of the Rams veterans for the start of Training Camp tomorrow.

During the course of the Monday and Tuesday workouts, Fisher said that the rookies did "an outstanding job in the conditioning tests, every one of them."

Fisher also pointed out that the most important points for this group should be learning the system, and getting as many repetitions as they can get in practice.

Last season's rookie class made an immediate impact right away.

First round draft pick Michael Brockers, the massive defensive tackle out of LSU became a force in the second half of the season, after getting injured in the final preseason game.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins had one of the best rookie seasons for a defensive player in team history. Little-known running back Daryl Richardson, the 7th round pick who rushed for 475 yards, gave the Rams an explosive weapon out of the backfield.

Richardson is also a prime candidate to replace longtime veteran Steven Jackson as the starter for this season. Place Kicker Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein made an instant impact from long distance, by drilling 7 kicks of 50 or more yards.

This year's rookie class is led by wide receiver Tavon Austin, the 8th overall selection out of West Virginia. Austin's blinding speed is expected to give the Rams offense an more dynamic attack. Austin's West Virginia teammate Steadman Bailey will also be added to mix to Sam Bradford's arsenal.

Jackson's departure to the Falcons could mean a big opportunity for running back Zac Stacy. This powerfully-built rookie out of Vanderbilt will also compete for a starting job along with 2nd year men Richardson, Isaiah Pead, and Terrance Ganaway.

Barrett Jones, the University of Alabama center who was taken with the 113th selection, is still working his way back from foot surgery

On defense, the Rams are excited about the athletic talents of linebacker Alec Ogletree, The late first rounder out of Georgia has the potential to make big plays with his speed on the outside. Ogletree was the Rams answer for trying to track down mobile quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers,  and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks.

The Rams will give 3rd round draft pick T.J. McDonald a chance for a starting job at safety.  


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