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Former Mountaineer WR Sam James Signs with Los Angeles Rams



Sam James

The Monday after the NFL Draft is a popular day for teams to sign undefeated free agents still looking for an opportunity. Former Mountaineer wide receiver Sam James is one of those lucky players to find a deal, signing with the Los Angeles Rams.

James was one of 24 players signed by the Rams today. This is positive development for the 6-foot, 176-pound Richmond Hill, Georgia native who had a tough draft process experience that lacked invites to most of the events for prospects.

He caught 46 balls for 745 yards and six touchdowns during the 2022 season. Off the field, the Georgia native also was selected to the Big 12 “Champions for Life” program due to his work in growing awareness about mental health.

Sam James now joins Bryce Ford-Wheaton as WVU wide receivers who found teams as free agents. Defensive lineman Dante Stills was the only West Virginia alum to be drafted. Stills was selected in the sixth round by the Cardinals.

West Virginia native Tyson Bagent, quarterback from Shepard, was signed by the Chicago Bears hours after the draft.


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