By Connor MacKinnon
The Los Angeles Rams have acquired undrafted free agent Bryan London II this April, and what a moment for the former Texas State linebacker. Before the 2020 NFL draft, CBS ranked London as the 59th best linebacker prospect. Even after the draft, London was one of the most sought out undrafted free agents on the market.
With the acquisition of London, the Rams have potentially found a diamond in the rough. The LA Rams’ history of success with signing undrafted linebackers shows for itself. Notable names like Cory Littleton and Troy Reeder, are linebackers who were able to rise in the depth chart to NFL relevancy.
Littleton started his college career at Washington in the Pac-12 Conference. In his senior year, Littleton made an impact by earning honorable mentions in the All-Pac-12 and finishing 10th in the conference in sacks. The Rams signed Littleton in 2016 and there was no going back.
In 2019, Littleton tied for seventh in total tackles in the season, thus landing him a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. This move for the Raiders was considered one of the best moves of the NFL offseason.
More recently, the Rams added Reeder to their roster as another undrafted free agent signee in 2019. In his rookie season as a Ram, Reeder played sparingly but when inserted into the line-up amassed 52 tackles. Reeder was a standout linebacker out of Delaware college and was known for having great football instincts and an incredible work ethic.
In comparison, Reeder and London have similar parallels when it comes to their journey to the NFL. Both played in small programs but stood out when it came to their play and leadership. Leeder learned from Littleton and now London will learn from Leeder.
For London, this is an opportunity to study and know there is a chance to earn an NFL roster spot. It may not have been the path London chose but this is the path he will have to take to garner NFL success. Will history repeat itself? Well, the world will have to wait and see.
Featured image courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams.