Get to know newly signed Rams practice squad DE Lynden Trail

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The Rams just right before the Tampa Buccaneers game last week released veteran CB Steve Williams and promoted S Isaiah Johnson from the Rams 10-man practice squad. Now have filled that spot with the former Hard Knocks darling from the Houston Texans — 25 year-old Lynden Trail. 


What do you need to know about Trail? Well for starters, he is a physical freak. He stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs 260 pounds. Trail started came out of high school as the no.7 rated Defensive end prospect in the country. He was a four-star recruit that found his way to the University of Florida all to be red-shirted his first year in 2010 and not play at all in 2011. He transferred to Norfolk State University so he could play immediately starting his sophomore season. He started three times that year at both Defensive end and Outside linebacker. That of course would end up being the last year he wasn’t in at all times for NSU. He went on to start every game the next two seasons. 


Trail finished college with 19.5 sacks, 255 total tackles, 41 tackles for a loss, 18 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, four blocked kicks, three receiving touchdowns and two interceptions. He was three-time FCS All-American and finished as a finalist for FCS Defensive player of the year twice. On top of all of that Trail went undrafted in 2015 but during the pre-draft process he became the only Norfolk State player in history to be invited to the Senior Bowl. 


So enough talk about his college days why don’t we show his measurables. Trail ran a 4.91 second 40 yard dash, record 24 bench press reps, 32.5 inch vertical jump, 117 inch broad jump, 7.32 second three-cone drill, 4.48 second 20-yard shuttle and a 12.56 60-yard shuttle. Trail obviously lacks the elite speed that a guy like Jadeveon Clowney or Robert Quinn have but, he has tools that the Rams of all teams could develop. 


He started out signing with the Houston Texans in 2015 as a UDFA and pushed a possible 53-man roster spot. It came to no avail as he was part of the final cuts and then shortly after was added to the Washington Redskins practice squad in which came with a future opportunity. Trail missed the final cut again and was then added back to the Redskins practice squad. Trail was released from the Redskins practice squad on the 19th of September and now he will be added to the Rams’ practice squad.


Trail is a great developmental player for the Rams to snag. His type of build is exactly what makes a practice squad so valuable. The Rams are going to give him a chance and he will be able to practice with the best Defensive line in football which should be considered a plus. Some may wonder why not sign Ian Seau to the practice squad. I believe Seau will be back next off-season but for now he has some serious work to do as far as getting stronger. Trail has already shown versatility as a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB either way it’s clear that his passion is to rush the passer. 


The interesting thing however is this, you didn’t read his stat line wrong he did catch three touchdowns in college. Lance Zierlein of did mention in Trail’s draft profile that he in fact thought the only way Trail could stick in the NFL was at Tight end. I doubt the Rams view him as a TE project since they already have one on their practice squad in former-Patriot Bryce Williams. However, I do believe Trail could be like an Isaiah Battle type of player on the practice squad. The Rams are lucky to have DL coach Mike Waufle who could really get the most out of Trail if need be. While you likely won’t see Trail until next season or later in the year, he’s not someone to forget about because if the Rams see something in him they will bring him up to the active roster.


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