5 rookies could step up and be the LA Rams draft star in 2021?

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LA Rams News Chris Garrett
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A tsunami

The LA Rams certainly need a dominating player off the edge to threaten the quarterback. And in outside linebacker Chris Garrett, the Rams may have found exactly that.  Garrett was so productive in college, that he was almost too good to be true.

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This 6-foot-4 245-pound outside linebacker from Concordia-St. Paul is a pass-rushing savant.  Although he was drafted with the 252nd pick of the draft, he has such a huge productive history that it’s difficult not to be swept up in some overly optimistic projection.  He played 28 college football games and had 36.5 quarterback sacks. Yes, that’s better than a one-for-one ratio.

He was not just a pass rusher. This young man forced 15 fumbles, defended nine passes, recovered four fumbles, and even blocked a kick.  Oh, and he created 166 tackles and 48.5 tackles-for-a-loss. Many discounted his dominant presence on the football field by pooh-poohing his competition. That has a grain of truth to it.

Still, here is a young man who knows how to get it done at nearly a superhuman pace. Now, throw that superhuman tsunami into the Rams defense, and things could become incredibly fun very quickly. Even if he does not rock opposing quarterbacks with each play, a few quick quarterback sacks will force offenses to split their focus away from All-Pro Aaron Donald, and that opens up a tsunami from another direction.