OSU's Schuening headed to St. Louis

Not long after Dennis Dixon was called, the St. Louis Rams selected offensive guard Roy Schuening out of Oregon State.

The pick came after a "ringing endorsement" from Rams running back Steven Jackson, who went to Oregon State.

"Steven did give a pretty good endorsement for the kid as far as the guy," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "Steven knows what we're looking for. It's an organizational goal to get those kinds of guys in this program."

Schuening made a school-record 50 consecutive starts at Oregon State.

Others with ties to Oregon selected Sunday include offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz out of Oregon, who went with the 241st pick to Carolina. Linebacker Joey LaRocque, who played for Oregon State, went to Chicago with the 243rd pick.

Quarterback Erik Ainge, who is from Hillsboro and played for Tennessee, went to the New York Jets with the 162nd overall selection. Oregon native Kellen Clemens is already on the Jets' roster.

"Honestly, it sounds cliche to say that I didn't care what round I got drafted in," Ainge told reporters during a conference call. "Round regardless, I couldn't be happier about going to the New York Jets."

Quarterback Alex Brink, who is from Eugene and played at Washington State, was taken with the 223rd pick by the Houston Texans.

"I want to get down there and show them what I can do," Brink said. "I feel like I'm a pretty sharp guy and pick up on things pretty well."

Among the Ducks who were considered prospects that went undrafted were wide receivers Cameron Colvin and Bryan Paysinger. Players available from Oregon State included running back Yvenson Bernard, center Kyle DeVan, kicker Alexis Serna and linebacker Derrick Doggett.

Those players could still end up with an NFL team as undrafted free agents.

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