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Close-out the draft

With the 207th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the LA Rams select wide receiver, Rico Bussey, from the University of Hawaii.

After addressing needs in the best possible way in the 2021 NFL Draft, the LA Rams use their 207th pick to add another wide receiver to the roster. But, this is a deep receiver class, and there are good reasons to take a chance on this prospect.

The 6-foot-1 193-pound wide receiver Bussey is an intriguingly speedy receiver with a large catch radius. He runs solid routes and creates separation with extremely sophisticated hard cuts. What more can you ask of a wide receiver?

Bussey was useful as both a possession receiver and a big-play threat for the Rainbow Warriors.  But if there’s a weakness to his game that he will have to work on for the pros, it’s his hands. The ends of each arm that, if trained properly, will eventually become the ticket to NFL stardom for a receiver.

Hawaiian gold rush

Although he showed flashes of potential, he dropped 16-of-120 catchable passes over his last three seasons, for a drop rate of 13 percent. That’s why he’s projected as a seventh-round pick or UFDA on most boards. Fix that? He’s gold.

With a nod toward one of my all-time favorite NFL quotes, as uttered by one Freddie Mitchell of the Philadelphia Eagles, “I’d like to thank my hands for being so great today.”  Why draft someone who could fall out of the draft? Well, this guy is not just an obvious successor for Nsimba Webster, but he could be a protege of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Perhaps if the Rams can coach him up in that department and if they take a flyer on Bussey, the team might be getting a true diamond in the rough.