LA Rams end wild ride draft with intriguing trio at the end
A new edge for the defense
With their last pick in the 20201 NFL Draft, the LA Rams finally selected an outside linebacker from Concordia College from St. Paul when they named outside linebacker Chris Garrett. If there was ever a big fish in a small pond analogy, Garrett would be at the heart of that type of comparison.
He decimated any and all opposition on the football field. His numbers are insanely productive. In 28 games, he generated 166 tackles, 48.5 tackles for a loss, 36.5 quarterback sacks, nine pass defenses, 15 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and a blocked punt. While he will likely never replicate that performance, it’s nice to see what he can do on the Rams defense.
Garrett stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 243 pounds (5.60 grade on NFL.com). While he won’t be competing with veteran outside linebacker Leonard Floyd anytime soon, he is certainly a desperately needed player to add to the rotation at a position that has suffered the defections of both Samson Ebukam and Derek Rivers. Even if he is a modest addition at this point, the Rams are fortunate to have a new face in the mix.
As with the other Day Three additions to the Rams roster, you can look for this young man to contribute to the special teams out of the gate. There is certainly an urgency among all of the rookie selections to find special team contributors. While some rolled their eyes on the Rams selections, we are trying to digest what all of this means to the future 2021 season roster. For now, it all translates into competition across the roster, and perhaps a revitalized special teams performance for the Rams this year.