The Rams selected Oklahoma outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo in the fifth round of the NFL draft with the 160th pick.
Okoronkwo is the third defensive player taken by the Rams after Stephen F. Austin defensive end John Franklin was selected in the fourth round and Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser was picked earlier in the fifth.
“When I got the call, tears started dropping out,” Okoronkwo said.
Five years after the Rams made Tavon Austin the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft, the team traded him Saturday to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.
Austin, 27, leaves after catching 194 passes for 1,689 yards and 12 touchdowns during his five seasons with the Rams.
Austin signed a four-year, $42-million contract extension before the 2016 season. But after last season’s unproductive performance, he agreed to rework the deal to what essentially is a one-year contract.
The Chargers finally selected an offensive player in the NFL draft, taking UCLA center Scott Quessenberry in the fifth round with the No. 155 overall pick.
Quessenberry will give the Chargers depth on the interior of their offensive line, where they’ve done a lot of work in the last two seasons by drafting Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp last year and signing center Mike Pouncey this offseason.
Quessenberry, who grew up a Chargers fan in the San Diego area, participated in the team’s local workout late in the draft evaluation process.