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LA Rams News Rams Draft Troy Warner
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Super Safety II

DB Troy Warner is a 6-foot-0 200-pound defensive back (safety) with a solid understanding of the game of football and has some intrigue in rostering up for deep zone play on defense. He is the brother of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner, which is interesting indeed.

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He is a native of southern California and played for four years at Brigham Young University (BYU) at the safety position. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in 2017 that truly bothered his play through both the 2018 and 2019 college football seasons. Due to his injury, he was eligible for a fifth college season, and he was back to full strength in 2020.

All told, he amassed play in 43 games in college, and chalked up 120 tackles, two interceptions, 16 passes defended, and two fumble recoveries.  And he did it while playing for the BYU Cougars, which faces some of the more creative and competent NCAA passing offenses.

Despite his safety designation, he also played man coverage in the slot against tight ends with some success. BYU played a lot of deep zone defense which many claimed covered up his limitations. But the Rams defense is currently projected to run a similar Cover-3 defense. The Rams have found success with fielding less-fast players who have focused their play upon strategy and out-hustling their opponents.