Round 3, Pick 100: T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
Similar to the safety position, linebacker was another need for the Rams heading into the offseason, as it was great to see the team convince Dante Fowler Jr. agree to return on a one-year deal while bringing Clay Matthews in as well.
While Fowler has the opportunity to be around for the long run if his stellar play leads to a potential long-term deal down the road, Los Angeles knows that Matthews is only part of the short-term plans, mainly because he’s getting up there in age.
By signing Matthews, the Rams believe they could benefit from the veteran linebacker still contributing on the defensive side of the football while helping mentor some of the younger players.
Of course, Los Angeles will look to the draft to add another linebacker or two to put them in better position for the future since Matthews won’t be around forever, which is where T.J. Edwards could come into play.
Edwards was just one of the main reasons why Wisconsin’s defense has been as good as they’ve been over the last couple of seasons, and the linebacker’s experience as a four-year starter makes it clear that he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL.