2021 NFL Draft: LA Rams welcome CB Rochell on Day 3

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The LA Rams stick with the defense, and with the 130th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, add a defensive back who will likely have a lot to say in terms of playing time this year. He is a solid cornerback who hails from a spot on the NFL map that is often overlooked. Central Arkansas finally can boast that the team has a football player whose name was called out in the Draft.

The player is Central Arkansas defensive back Robert Rochell, a solid cornerback who had a solid Day Two grade. And he is certainly going to fill a solid need for the Rams immediately.  He will immediately compete for the role that Troy Hill has just vacated.  That means a situational starter from the get-go.

So what can we tell you about this 6-foot-0 193-pound cornerback that you want to know quickly? As contributor Jay Blucher said in his Round Four recap of who the Rams left on the board: “He’s uber-athletic, having been named to Bruce Feldman’s “Freak List”

And he’s now heading to play for the LA Rams. Oh, and he’s been modeling his game after All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

He has been incredibly productive in just 35 college games. Rochelle has put up 72 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss,10 interceptions, and 35 pass-defensed.

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Rochelle is a solid size for a defensive back role. He possesses solid speed, allowing him to recover from some mistakes. He will only get better on the Rams, as coaching will continue his development. He has all the pieces to dominate in the NFL.