The LA Rams absolutely his a huge score when they uncovered defensive back Jordan Fuller with the 199th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Well finding him was not exactly the trick. Rather, it was discovering a player that late in the NFL Draft who could start for the Rams defense in his rookie season. He didn’t face lofty expectations, because frankly there were none for him.
He was a complete surprise, as he was a young man who proved his ability to play at the NFL level by seizing an unexpected opportunity. The LA Rams were likely projecting returning veterans John Johnson III and Taylor Rapp to round out the defensive secondary. But Rapp struggled to get onto the practice field so the team gave rookie Jordan Fuller a look with the starters, and Fuller never relinquished the role.
Of course, that was then this is now. While he likely has the inside track to the starting safety role, he is not the only player in the competition. Third-year veteran Taylor Rapp likely wants to regain a starting role in this defense. Meanwhile second-year teammate Terrell Burgess wants to prove that he too can earn a starting role with this defense.
With new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, they may all get their chances at a significant, if not outright starting, role.
Jordan Fuller has connections to the new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, as his brother Devin Fuller was a wide receiver who was formerly coached by Morris. He described Morris as a coach who treats everyone equally, loaded with energy, and sets a high bar for the players in his defense.
Fuller is aware of the fact that he had a great season, but he also knows that he will be expected to pivot from rookie to now fulfill a veteran role. He’s keen on learning from other NFL safeties, he is working on more muscle to help with injuries, and he is aiming to improve his play from a standout rookie year.
While he won’t have teammate John Johnson III to lean on, he is ready to make his own NFL career trek.