At the end of last season, the Rams had six tight ends in their employ: Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, Billy Bajema, Fendi Onobun, Darcy Johnson and Derek Schouman.
Still, that didn't stop the club from adding another tight end, grabbing Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks on Friday in the second round of the NFL draft.
The Rams will find room for the 6-foot-2, 241-pounder from Milwaukee, general manager Billy Devaney assured. When it was suggested that tight end was an area where the Rams seemed to have plenty of personnel, Devaney responded, "We consider it an area of a good football player that can help us."
The logjam isn't quite as congested as it might appear, anyway. Schouman and Johnson won't be back with the Rams this year, and Fells will be either an unrestricted free agent or a restricted free agent, depending on the free-agency rules under a new labor agreement.
Could the addition of Kendricks make re-signing Fells, a four-year veteran who had a career-high 41 catches for 391 yards and two touchdowns last year, less of a priority?
"We haven't gone down that road," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "We're adding good football players. We'll let the rest work itself out."
Kendricks, 23, amassed 62 catches for 914 yards and six touchdowns over four years in Wisconsin's run-heavy offense. He began as a wide receiver before switching positions at Wisconsin, which has a tradition of producing top-shelf tight ends.
"He hadn't really been involved in physical football until probably the last three years of his career here," Badgers coach Bret Bielema said last season. "Now, I just think he's playing as good a football as we've seen at that position."
The Rams regard Kendricks, who sprinted 40 yards in 4.57 seconds at Wisconsin's pro day, as a versatile performer who can provide different looks on offense under new coordinator Josh McDaniels.
"There's a lot of places where we can use the guy — on the line, off the line, in the backfield," Devaney said. "He's really athletic, he's got great hands, extremely smart, he can run, he's got good speed. …
"We think he'll be a valuable weapon in this offense. We spent a lot of time — coaches, special-team coach, the scouts — and everybody was excited about the thought of this guy being here."
Kendricks said his ability to fill various roles is perhaps his best attribute.
"I take a lot of pride in being able to do things such as block in, doing some (isolation) blocks, lining up in the slot, lining up as a true tight end," he said.
Kendricks said the Rams didn't work him out. "I had no idea" they were interested in him, said Kendricks, who added that he met with team officials briefly at the NFL scouting combine in February.
As soon as the Rams called, it dawned on Kendricks that Sam Bradford would be throwing the ball his way. "The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2010," Kendricks said. "I'm very excited. That's one of the first things I thought of. I couldn't be in a better position."
Kendricks, who said he never has been to St. Louis, will arrive in town with a couple of question marks on his résumé.
On June 28, 2008, he was arrested after driving a moped with a blood-alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit in Wisconsin. Less than a month later, he was cited for underage drinking as a passenger in the car of a suspected drunk driver.
Devaney said the Rams were satisfied with Kendricks' character.
"We talked about it," Devaney said. "Honestly, we feel fine about the person."