5 positions that the LA Rams will ultimately address via 2021 UDFA

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Special Teams players

The LA Rams’ need for special teams players is more pronounced than ever. And you can thank the shallow linebacker depth of 2020 for that. Now, that shallow depth at the linebacker position will be addressed. If not in the 2021 NFL Draft, then most certainly by signing undrafted prospects after the draft.

For the Rams, the investment in four to seven linebackers, both inside and outside combined, seems like a fair number. Of course, the pressure to churn out contributors for both the 2021 and 2022 seasons tends to drive up the number in my estimation. the Rams seemed to address the outside linebacker role via drafted players, and inside linebackers with the help of UDFAs. That may continue this year.

Cover team needs LBs

We know that the team projects to lose Troy Reeder, Micah Kiser, Travin Howard, and Kenny Young in 2022 free agency. That’s all of the Rams inside linebackers. So it’s probably safe to expect the Rams to sign that many after the draft. The team also stands to lose outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo in 2022 as well.

The Rams could find a healthy group of inside linebackers who may fall out of the draft. If Northwestern’s Paddy Fisher falls, the Rams need to fly the jet out to pick him up.  I like Auburn’s K.J. Britt, California’s Kuony Deng, Ohio State’s Tuf Borland, and Stanford’s Jordan Fox after the draft. Those are just a smattering of the talent that could fall to the Rams who could be immediate contributors to special teams.