LA Rams fans should take notice of these three West defensive players on Saturday
The LA Rams have a long history of drafting players from small colleges. NFL hall of famer David Jones was drafted in 1961 out of Mississippi Valley State. In 1972, quarterback Ron Jaworski of Youngstown State was taken in the second round.
“Deacon” Jones and “Jaws” went on to have fabulous NFL careers. They did not seem to be at a disadvantage by playing against lesser talent. Somethings never changes in life.
Small college players have to work harder to overcome the perception of being a lesser talent. Sometimes, playing at powerful conference football is a numbers game. Or, they might be a late blooming player that needed a less stressful situation to mature.
There are three small college players that should catch your eye. Physically, they match up well with players from the top players in college football. All these players just need a chance to showcase their skills.
Three West defensive players that should catch your eye
First, Derrek Tuszka played football at North Dakota State. He is a big defensive end. Tuszka stands 6-feet-5 weighing 246 pounds. He recorded 13.5 sacks with 48 total tackles in 2019.
Tuszka is a taller, lankier version of Dante Fowler, Jr. LA loves having relentless pass rushers throughout the history of the franchise. You should keep your eyes on this powerful pass rusher.
Second, Dante Olson played linebacker at Montana. Olson is 6-feet-3 weighing 246 pounds. He made 179 total tackles with 76 solo, which was tops in any college football level of play.
Olson was named as the Defensive Player of the Year in the FCS football division. Most of all, Olson made 14 total tackles against Oregon. He appears to be a tackling machine.
"University of Montreal defensive back Marc-Antoine Dequoy… led the Carabins with 37.5 tackles in 2019 and registered one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and three interceptions during eight regular season games. The six-foot-three, 195-pounder had a game-sealing 85-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Dunsmore Cup upset at Laval. He earned USports first-team All-Canadian status."
These three guys will get their prime time debut on Saturday. They will need to impress to get NFL Combine invitations.
If they fail to get invitations, their NFL careers will hang on the balance of their performance on January 18ths East-West Shrine Game, or their school’s NFL Pro Day.