The LA Rams enjoyed the bounty of a very robust and competitive secondary for their 2020 NFL roster. But after a long 2020 season, defections, and roster cuts, the strong secondary was a bit weakened and shallow by the time that the 2021 offseason rolled around. You see, the LA Rams lost starter Troy Hill to free agency. Then, the Rams learned that their stashed cornerback from the 2020 practice squad, Tyrique McGhee, committed a second transgression of the NFL substance abuse policy and was subsequently cut.
That left the team with just Jalen Ramsey, Darious Williams, David Long Jr., and Donte Deayon as options heading into the draft. Four is plenty for a defensive rotation, but it is not nearly enough for a team entering training camp. The LA Rams needed more bodies.
They addressed the shortfall in the 2021 NFL draft by selecting cornerback Robert Rochell. The team then added another rookie cornerback Brontae Harris after the 2021 NFL draft. The team next added free-agent cornerback Kareem Orr to the roster. That brought the total to seven.
Today, the Rams rounded out their 90-man roster with another signing of a cornerback. This time they brought back someone with who they are rather familiar. Today, his agent Evan Brennan announced that the LA Rams have agreed to re-sign Dayan Lake once more.
If you recall, the Rams first added Dayan Lake, who was also known as Dayan Ghanwoloku from the Brigham Young University Cougars after the 2020 NFL Draft. He is a 5-foot-11 200-pound cornerback who was considered as a player who had NFL potential a year ago. He boasted a 4.41-second 40-yard dash time a year ago. With the Rams looking to amp their speed all over the roster, Dayan was the smart choice.
While he comes aboard after the early training camp sessions, he is familiar enough with the Rams coaches, players, and basic defensive philosophy to have a good chance of picking things up quickly.
If you needed any confirmation that the Rams were done shopping and dealing, this move seems to signify an end to official roster signings. The Rams are now set at 90 players and should be ready to sort out their roster and depth chart in the weeks ahead. The LA Rams secondary, well cornerback position specifically, appeared very light at just five players after the draft. With the team adding three more competitors, the roster feels much more balanced and ready for the 2021 NFL season.