7 underdog LA Rams UDFAs who have real shot to earn roster spot

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Wide Receiver Trishton Jackson

Some players fall in the NFL Draft for unexplained reasons. So it is that Syracuse wide receiver Trishton Jackson was the highest-rated wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft to go unselected.  That means that players were drafted in rounds three and later who were scouted as inferior players. That information alone gives Jackson an incredible amount of intrigue.

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In reading his draft profiles, his only flaw was a highly talented young man who needed additional coaching work to truly realize his full potential. His draft profile was scored at 6.00. That score is better than backup/reserve, special teams player, and just under good backup who could become a starter someday. Projected as a prospect who would be selected at round five draft, the depth of this wide receiver class simply dropped him out of the draft. His 9 3/4″ hands are some of the larger hands measured at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. He was also the fourth-ranked wide receiver prospect by Rotoworld in the draft based on their dominator rating.

Very good talent + WR/QB = chance for Rams roster role

Jackson is another player who was talented enough to be a drafted prospect. He is a great size at 6-foot-1 and 197 pounds. He possesses decent speed with a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. And we’ve covered the decent-sized hands at 9-3/4-inches plus a nice reach at 32-3/8-inch arms. He was a former dual-threat quarterback who switched to a receiver role.  Due to transfer rules, he only truly broke out in his senior season when he caught 66 passes for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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He is new to the world of catching the football, but that quarterback/wide receiver combination sounds like something head coach Sean McVay could work with, doesn’t it? We know that McVay is no stranger to using receivers to help break the running game out of a low performing funk. Imagine what he could do in terms of a run-pass-option from a wide receiver who fakes a run and passes to the endzone? I can too, and it brings a smile to my face every time I do.