The Rams have signed six of the 26 tryout players who took part in their rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday at Rams Park.
The list includes North Dakota State defensive back Andre Martin, a McCluer High product, as well as quarterback Tim Jenkins of Fort Lewis (Colo.) College, linebacker Joseph LeBeau of Jackson (Miss.) State, safety Don Unamba of Southern Arkansas, wide receiver Scott Pillar of Albright (Pa.) College and offensive lineman Sean Hooey of Cincinnati.
Martin, 23, started his career at Northern Iowa, where he played three seasons and graduated with a degree in gerontology (“the study of old people, basically,’’ he explained). He started through the 2009 and 2010 seasons, coming up with seven interceptions.
But when injuries and a coaching change limited Martin to one start in 2011, he decided to finish his career at North Dakota State. There, playing for the coach who recruited him to Northern Iowa, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder started 13 games and had a team-best six pass breakups for the Division I FCS national champion Bison.
Jenkins (6-1, 200) battled injuries as a senior at Fort Lewis, where he completed 161 of 301 passes for 1,817 yards, with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in six games. However, he finished third on the Skyhawks’ career list with 8,857 passing yards, fourth with 47 touchdowns and second with a .583 completion percentage.
Lebeau (6-0, 219) is making the transition from pass-rushing defensive end to linebacker. He wrapped up his Jackson State Tigers’ career with 26 sacks and 48 tackles for loss.
Unamba (6-0, 198) started 11 games with the Southern Arkansas Muleriders, finishing with 47 tackles, three interceptions and a school-record 17 pass breakups. He also blocked a pair of kicks and recovered a fumble last fall.
Pillar (6-0, 182) enjoyed a record-setting career at Division III Albright. As a senior, he caught 80 passes for 1,093 yards and 12 touchdowns. Over four seasons, he caught 200 passes and scored 35 touchdowns.
Hooey, who stands 6 feet 9 and weighs 295 pounds, is a tackle prospect with long arms. His career with the Bearcats, however, was limited by injury.