Check out photos of 5th Round selection Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma.
Credit: AP Photos and University of Oklahoma
With the close of the 2018 NFL Draft, 11 college prospects can now call themselves Los Angeles Rams.
After a draft haul that saw the franchise make moves to acquire 10 selections in Day 3 alone, the Rams were able to replenish depth at multiple positions — bringing in several new, dynamic playmakers.
And now that the big event has come and past, therams.com will be taking a look at each member of the club’s 2018 Draft Class.
Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo helped anchor the Sooners defense for the last two seasons. In that stretch, the edge rusher recorded an impressive 162 tackles, 33.0 for loss, and 20.0 sacks.
Based on his resume, Okoronkwo was listed by some as one of the top prospects at outside linebacker* heading into this year’s draft. *And though he had to wait a bit longer than anticipated to hear his name called by the Rams — who selected him at No. 160 overall — Okoronkwo is eager to prove his worth.
Here is Ogbonnia Okoronkwo in his own words:
On becoming a member of the Rams:
“I was honestly, I was at a loss of words. It felt like a dream. I sort of dozed off a little bit just sitting on the couch, and I woke up to a bunch of people shaking me with a phone in my face. When I got that call, I was a little disoriented, but when I got the call tears just started dropping [especially] when I heard coach Wade Phillips say we’re drafting you.” **
On where the Rams told him he fits in on the roster:
“Yeah, they see me as an edge guy who can play linebacker and also like an instant contributor on special teams. I’ll be doing like what Robert Quinn was doing. I see an amazing opportunity with the addition of Ndamukong Suh in the offseason. With him and Aaron Donald both inside like that, that’s an edge rusher’s dream to play in L.A. right now.” **
On how he knew it would be the Rams calling:
“I just had a feeling. Everytime I would talk to Snead, he just kept telling me that I’m his guy and I just believed him. So, every time the Rams pick came in I made sure I was at the TV watching closely.”