Don’t discount LA Rams 3 UDFA defensive backs
The LA Rams are down to just one open roster slot. If you’ve kept track through our LA Rams 2021 UDFA Live Tracker, you know that the team has been uncharacteristically slow and deliberate about filling roster spots. The team established its first report signing nine undrafted rookie free agents and then updated that same report to reflect ten signings with the addition of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Brontae Harris.
Of course, the path for anyone to ‘stick’ with the team is challenging. The odds shrink rapidly for rookies. And then factoring in all of the remaining limitations to direct contact with coaches and the facility due to the team opting out of all voluntary Organized Team Activities. And then reduce it dramatically further to account for the fact that these players were undrafted.
It’s enough to conclude that the path to the NFL for these players has not become very easy. But it’s a start. The door has opened. Now, it’s up to them to show coaches that they do indeed deserve a chance to play football as a professional.
The LA Rams feel heavy at the safety position, and light on the cornerback positions. Currently, the official roster lists five cornerbacks, two defensive backs (although J.R. Reed is a safety), and nine safeties. That’s a fairly skewed roster, but not unexpected as the Rams are anticipated to be playing a version of Cover-3 defense. With all of this in mind, let’s take our first look at three of the Rams’ undrafted defensive back rookies.