Direct sources tell Fox Sports Knoxville’s, Stetson Marlin, that former Vol Daniel Bituli is signing a deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday afternoon.
Bituli went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft, but now he will have an opportunity to pursue his dream.
He will get the chance to prove himself again.
It started in his childhood, growing up in Congo. He played for a 1A school high school in Nashville.
Despite always being overlooked, Bituli started for Vols and led the team in tackles for three straight seasons.
When asked about the opportunity to play in the league, Bituli said, “Praise God. I’m thankful that the Los Angeles Rams are allowing me to prove myself. It’s time to get to work.”
The Rams are getting a steal in Bituli. He’s an aggressive linebacker that hunts the ball.
LA runs a 3-4 defensive scheme, which is the same defense he played with Tennessee. Bituli is joining a defense that has playmakers all over the field.
The Rams lost several players on the defensive side of the ball from last year’s 9-7 squad. Good news for Bituli, LA watched linebackers Dante Fowler Jr. and Cory Littleton sign free-agent deals with other teams.
They also released Clay Matthews, so the Rams will be looking for younger linebackers to step up in that role, as this LA Times article highlights.
The great thing about Bituli is his ability to play special teams. That will only help him make the roster.
Bituli’s Time at Tennessee
Despite several injuries, Bituli was a star on the defensive side of the ball for the Vols his entire career.
Bituli saw a limited role during his freshman year on Rocky Top but broke through the scene during the first game of his sophomore season.
He posted a career-high 23 tackles against Georgia Tech.
Bituli continued to make a name for himself that season, leading the Vols at the end of the year with 90 tackles. He also led Tennessee in tackles during his junior season, finishing that campaign with 79 tackles.
Bituli’s senior season was the best season of his career, as he led the Vols defense throughout the year. Despite missing the first two games of the year due to a knee scope, Bituli still led the Vols in tackles, finishing with 88 total tackles.
He dominated SEC play this past season, starting with the Vols game against South Carolina. During that game, he posted a 15-tackle game. He also had a punt block that he recovered in the endzone for a touchdown.
His best game of the season came in a thriller between the Vols and Kentucky. Bituli finished that game with 19 tackles but was mostly known for the goal-line stop against Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden Jr. to win the game for the Vols. He continued his dominant play against Missouri the next week, adding on 12 more tackles to his season total and included a sack and TFL.
Bituli becomes the fourth Vol to be picked up by an NFL team this offseason as an undrafted free agent, joining Nigel Warrior, Marquez Callaway, and Dominick Wood-Anderson.