It looks like the Los Angeles Rams were one of Jachai Polite’s favorite teams to talk with at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
From a realistic standpoint, the Los Angeles Rams know the chances of landing Jachai Polite out of Florida at No. 31 in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft are basically a long shot, mainly because he is expected to be well off the board by then.
However, one of the best parts about the offseason is teams never really know what to expect once events like the draft get underway, so maybe if the Rams get lucky with Polite slipping in the first round or they decide to trade up, maybe this could actually happen.
In fact, when hearing at all of the negative reviews surrounding Polite from the NFL Combine this weekend in Indianapolis along with being labeled one of the top losers from the event, this scenario all of a sudden doesn’t sound so crazy to consider.
From suffering a hamstring injury during his 40-yard dash (4.84) to hearing the way he described teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers “bashing him” during interviews, if Polite were looking to make a name for himself in Indy, stuff like this certainly didn’t help.
Events like the combine are the perfect time for players like Polite to help increase their draft shock, and show teams what they can bring to the table if given the opportunity to suit up for the 2019 season.
Originally, Polite was viewed as one of the top defensive players from this year’s draft class, and while this will most likely still be the case since despite this weekend, the talent alone makes him worthy of a high selection.
On a positive note, the good news for the Rams is after seeing all of the negative attention surrounding Polite’s weekend in Indianapolis, they were the one team that the defensive lineman appeared to love talking with the most.
As previously mentioned, just because Polite felt his meeting with Los Angeles was the best one doesn’t necessarily guarantee a move like this is going to happen, but at least it will give something for the Rams to consider option wise.
Would the Rams actually consider trading up to land Polite with the hope he would be a great fit in Wade Phillips‘ defense, and would benefit even more learning from one of the best in the game with Aaron Donald?
All of this is just talk and hypothetical for now, but also since some teams will be steering away from Polite after the combine, it will be interesting to see if this becomes a potential scenario worth keeping an eye on for Los Angeles.
Even if Polite needs a few areas in need of improvement like most rookies, there’s a reason why he’s viewed as one of the top defensive prospects, and for all the Rams know, this could be worth trading up to make happen.