Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rams Take Illini Tight End Hoomanawanui

One of the many fifth round selections for the Rams has been chosen, as the Rams selected MIchael Hoomanawanui in the 5th round (their first selection). Hoom' (which I'm going to call because his last name is a monster to type) is a Tight End from Illinois.
Here is what rivals had to say about him:
A thickly built tight end who showcases good bend and flexibility off the snap, Hoomanawanui gets into his routes quickly but isn't explosive downfield. He isn't going to threaten the seam vertically and has a tendency to drift in and out of his routes.
Seems like he is a good blocker and possesses good strength in that regard, and they have high marks for his awareness in the red zone. The Rams needed a tight end, but to be honest, I don't think this is the type of player that would have best suited. Daniel Fells still seems like the go to guy for passing, but Hoom' probably will best be suited as the second tight end, if he meets the Rams expectations, which by all purposes he should.

"Honestly, it's a great feeling," said Hoomanawanui, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound Bloomington, Ill., native.

He missed four games last season with an ankle injury and caught only 10 passes for 114 yards. His junior season was far more productive with 25 receptions for 312 yards and two touchdowns.

"It was in the back of my head," he said of his senior season. "Coaches told me I was going to be all right. Family and friends kept pushing me."

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