LA Rams interest in UCLA WR/RB Demetric Felton intriguing

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LA Rams draft Demetric Felton
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Non-power powerful back

While he is shorter of stature, he is often described as a power-back, a term we’ve used to describe the need for a rusher capable of gaining short-yardage and red-zone scores. If the Rams believe him to be that, then he could be an upgrade over the role veteran Malcolm Brown filled on the Rams offense.

We don’t see him in that bruiser role. He needs to work in space. He is powerful enough to win battles with defensive backs with the ball in his hands. And he is elusive enough to get separation from linebackers who attempt to stay with him stride for stride. In short, he causes headaches to defenses. And whichever way the defense sets up to stop him, the Rams can counter with doing the opposite.

Is he worth that third-round pick? Well, if the Rams plan to deploy him as an active weapon in the 2021 offense, he could be devastatingly effective. If the goal is to draft him, only to redshirt him for the season in a manner similar to that used with WR Van Jefferson, then that changes the answer completely.

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Demetric Felton is an out-of-the-box nightmare maker in the hands of the right offensive system.  And as a return specialist, he could be showing up on highlight reels throughout the season.

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The Rams need depth and talent in many places for the 2021 roster. But we know whose voice carries the vote in the Rams organization. If head coach Sean McVay wants Demetric Felton on the Rams roster in 2021, that is exactly where he will land.