LA Rams swing and miss WR Tutu Atwell with 57th pick
The LA Rams entered the 2021 NFL Draft with a lot of ground to make up. With their first pick of the draft slated to occur at 57, the Rams have already conceded 56 rookies to the NFL before the team has a chance to make a selection. This was a faster-paced round, and the trades and players flew all over the place.
The Rams watch the LA Chargers pick Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr. at 47. But even as the draft progressed, the number of valued players for the Rams at pick 57 remained on the board. The Rams faced a huge assortment of talent at linebacker, cornerback, offensive tackle, offensive center, and so much more. Who to take?
Well, whether by the flip of a coin or drawing straws, the Rams decided upon Louisville WR Tutu Atwell (5.97 grade per NFL.com) There were plenty of players on the draft board, but the Rams felt that Tutu Atwell was the pick in round two.
He projected as the round-four wide receiver in a very deep wide receiver class. If I am LA Rams WR/KR/PR Nsimba Webster, I’m packing my bags and calling my agent to shop around.
Atwell is the ultimate human flash. He will be able to learn from veteran WR DeSean Jackson as he makes his mark on special teams. But by mid-season, he should be up to the point where he can blaze opposing defenses with deep route running ability that will dictate two defensive backs to cover.
He is 5-foot-9 and 155-pounds and was insanely productive for the Louisville Cardinals. He was so productive, that many analysts stated that production was left on the football field because the quarterback couldn’t get him the ball. The concerns are his size and durability. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27-seconds. He’s a blazer. And I predicted that the Rams would pick him on Day two.
Win some and lose some. The LA Rams loved Tutu Atwell enough to spend their most valued pick at him. Welcome aboard Tutu Atwell.