LA Rams shopping WR/KR/PR in the 2021 NFL Draft? He’s worth the fuss.
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams are seeking a speedy receiver who can return punts, return kickoffs, and threaten defenses deep. So they likely have three reasons to talk to the 5-foot-9 189-pound speedy wide receiver from Western Michigan D’Wayne Eskridge. Is he fast? You bet he is. He has been clocked with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash time. If you want to talk about blowing the lid off defenses, D’Wayne Eskridge is the guy.
But before we jump out to conclusions, let’s focus on the true litmus test. How did he play in the Senior Bowl? You can see for yourself in this video capturing every one-on-one play. Still not convinced? Well, you are a tough nut to crack, I see. How about this feature article by Pro Football Network’s Ben Rolfe singing his praises? Still undecided? Well, Dolphinswire.com writer Kyle Crabbs loves the thought of D’Wayne Eskridge to the Dolphins. But he thinks that it will take no less than a second-round draft pick to select him.
Surely the Rams won’t use a second-round pick on a wide receiver, you ask? I’m convinced that they will certainly go offense in round two. And let’s be realistic about this, the Rams head coach Sean McVay wanted Matthew Stafford, and literally talked LA Rams owner Stan Kroenke into upping the offer for him. If McVay wants Eskridge, he’ll get Eskridge.
And it appears that the Rams want Eskridge.
Well, it truly makes a lot of sense.
The LA Rams have a lot of areas to address this off-season. While they have workable solutions to those needs, a smart front office will layer multiple options and then let the events play out as they would.
The Rams have a questionable track record of spending their most prized draft picks on offensive weapons, and then red-shirting those players. But Eskridge is definitely different. Why? Well, the Rams will certainly be looking to ramp up explosiveness on special teams, and Eskridge can be an immediate impact player for the team on both punt and kick returns. In fact, pair him with speedy running back Raymond Calais on kick returns for some real electricity.
But you know that the Rams want to add a deep threat to the offense, a strategy that Rams GM Les Snead all but admitted to in his post-season press conference. A deep threat who will add explosiveness instantly. But why will the Rams be sold on him? Per The Draft Network’s Jordan Reid, he delivers ‘bone-crushing blocks’ on the perimeter.
D’Wayne Eskridge not only checks all the boxes, but he crushes all the categories. If you weren’t excited by this news when you read the headline, I hope you are now. He is one more key piece to the LA Rams Super Bowl jigsaw puzzle.
One more piece. It may loom large or subtly small in your perspective. If the Rams can get Eskridge, their arsenal is set for years. And that’s a good thing.