The Rams announced Thursday that they've selected the former Clemson player. Battle played in 27 games and started 15 during three seasons with the Tigers.
The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder emerged from spring as the starter at left tackle, but cited having a child due this summer in deciding to leave the school.
Rams general manager Les Snead says the team ''felt it was an opportunity to get an earlier round value for a later round price.'' Snead says Battle will practice during what would have been his senior season and go through the offseason program before starting out as a rookie.
The Rams will lose a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.
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