LA Rams News: Shopping for both FA and draft CBs
By Bret Stuter
If only the LA Rams had more picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the fill of roster depth would not seem like the unsolvable jigsaw puzzle that presents itself to be to the team’s front office. The LA Rams do not have quite enough cap space to sign one of the best defensive backs on the market, and the team does not have a high enough draft pick to choose one of the highest cornerbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In fact, the team’s needs outnumber the current number of draft picks. So this could get very interesting very quickly.
That has not stopped the LA Rams from window shopping for defensive backs, however unlikely the chances are of landing someone from either the NFL Free Agency market or from the 2021 NFL Draft. In fact, the reports of the Rams meeting with candidates who could fill a role in the Rams secondary seem to be quite plentiful.
The LA Rams certainly have been tracked meeting with multiple cornerbacks who hope to hear their names called in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Rams have met with rookie prospects from SDSU, UCF, and even with FSU’s Asante Samuel Jr.
Right now, the Rams will likely line up Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams on the outside, and slide David Long Jr. to play in the slot role. Dont’e Deayon and Tyrique McGhee will add competition to training camp, and depth to the roster. But for all intents and purposes, the team will need at least one more player on the roster who can play in game one.
But where will that player come from?
Well, not to tell the team how to go about their business, but the Rams face a draft that should have draftable cornerbacks that fall all the way out of the draft. So if they draft a serviceable cornerback, there is nothing to stop the team from revisiting the draft class after the draft and signing up more.
The Rams grabbed Terrell Burgess, and then went back for Jordan Fuller. Fuller proved to be the starter for 2020. 2021 will contain far bigger swings. With no NFL Scouting Combine, teams will draft some players far too high based on 2019 video footage, while other good prospects will have almost no interest. The Rams flourish when that happens.