The first option from NFL Free Agency is former Jacksonville Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing a burley 331-pounds, he is very similarly built as Rams NT Robinson. The LA Rams plans for the debut of their deceptively new defense suffered a blow when the team was compelled to assign newly signed NT A’Shawn Robinson to the Active/NFI list. The Rams would be smart to avoid a slow debut out of the gates. Bring in a player to bridge the gap until Robinson can return.
All-Pro DT/NT Marcell Dareus can be that bridge. Over the course of his career, he has racked up 358 tackles, 37.5 sacks, 50 tackles for a loss, 61 QB hits,15 pass deflections, and three forced fumble over his nine-year career. And as a former Jacksonville Jaguars player, he would certainly benefit in joining former teammate Jalen Ramsey on the roster.
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He was the third overall pick from the 2011 NFL Draft and enjoyed over six seasons before he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017. He suffered an injury in 2019, ending his season after just six games. If he checks out health-wise, then this could be just what the Rams are looking for.
The Rams need to get some help on the defensive line. Not only does Aaron Donald need help occupying blockers, but the Rams linebackers need an umbrella for the first few NFL games as they gain experience starting. Dareus shouldn’t command a high salary, and his role in shoring up the middle of the defense would give the Rams a much better situation of flooding both defensive end positions with Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald. He’s still got enough to make a huge difference on the Rams defensive line.