Rams' Braden Fiske Got Emotional Learning He Would Reunite With Florida State Teammate

Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State defensive lineman Braden Fiske (DL07).
Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State defensive lineman Braden Fiske (DL07). / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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In 2024, the Los Angeles Rams will have a decidedly Tallahassee flavor.

On Thursday, the Rams drafted Florida State defensive end Jared Verse with the 19th pick of the first round. On Friday, they added Seminoles defensive tackle Braden Fiske in the second round with the 39th selection.

The moves appeared savvy enough on paper, given Florida State's reputation as one of the stingiest defenses in college football last year. However, Los Angeles fans were given a glimpse of the bond between Verse and Fiske as friends when the team posted video of Fiske's draft call Saturday.

"I'm playing with Verse again?" Fiske asked Rams general manager Les Snead when informed Los Angeles would draft him.

"We were trying to get Verse to drive up and make the call to you, but he got stuck in traffic," Snead explained.

After a conversation with coach Sean McVay, the Rams put Verse on the line—moving Fiske to tears.

"I can't wait to play with you again," Verse told Fiske. "Congratulations man, I'm so proud of you."

"Aw, s--t, bro," Fiske replied. "I can't wait, bro."

No matter how its class turns out, Los Angeles gets an A+ for team chemistry.

Patrick Andres


Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.