When it became official that NFL teams were receiving WKU talent, I took to the FanSided network and found the editor of all of the sites that received a Hilltopper over the Draft weekend. I asked each of them if they could spare a few moments to talk about what the acquisition of said Hilltopper would mean to their team, and we got some great answers.
In our first installment, we talked with the St. Louis Rams site editor since 2012, and is a current Cleveland resident, Nathan Kearns, who actually grew up in Kentucky and told me that he takes special notice when a player from the Bluegrass makes an NFL roster. The Rams signed former WKU fullback Kadeem Jones as an UFA, so that’s where our conversation began.
Nathan Kearns: There are a number of reasons why any NFL squad would wait until the undrafted free agency period. In some instances, especially when someone is a borderline draftable player, coaches will assess the individual prospect’s “demand” on the market. In the case of the Kadeem Jones, head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead obviously felt as though they would get “their guy” as a free agent.