Isiah Ferguson didn’t have to wait for his pro day at Arkansas-Pine Bluff to know he had a shot of being picked up by an NFL team.

Isiah Ferguson didn’t have to wait for his pro day at Arkansas-Pine Bluff to know he had a shot of being picked up by an NFL team.


"I knew I had a chance from the beginning," the former Golden Lions wide receiver said Saturday evening. "As soon as I got to a (Division I) school, that was my opportunity right there."


Three years after joining the Golden Lions, the 6-foot-6 wideout has made another jump in his football career. The St. Louis Rams picked up Ferguson as a free agent shortly after the NFL Draft concluded.


As of Saturday evening, Ferguson is the only UAPB player known to land on an NFL team. No one from the university was drafted during the three-day draft, which was held in Chicago after many years in New York.


UAPB head coach Monte Coleman found out about the Rams signing Ferguson while visiting family in Chicago.


"I thought he had a shot," he said. "He played well for us. He turned in some good numbers during his pro day."


Ferguson transferred to UAPB just before the Golden Lions’ 2012 SWAC championship season from ASA College in New York. He only totaled 796 yards and three touchdowns on 51 receptions in three years at UAPB while playing in the midst of a talented receiver corps. But he turned heads at UAPB’s pro day in March with a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, 10-foot-7 broad jump, 40-inch vertical leap and 27 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.


Ferguson, who had been training in Seattle, was at home in Mount Vernon, New York, on Saturday, when the Rams called him at about 6:30 p.m. Central, he said.


"When they called, they asked me, ‘Are you happy to be a Ram?’" Ferguson said.


He called the opportunity a blessing.


"I worked my whole life for it," he said. "I’m happy the Rams gave me a chance to step up and showcase what I can do. Now I just got to do what I got to do to make the 53-man roster."


Ferguson said the Rams’ rookie minicamp begins in a few days. He’ll already face some competition at his position, as the club drafted Missouri’s Bud Sasser in the sixth round. Sasser had 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns in an All-SEC senior season.