The rest of the draft
It’s almost unfathomable to realize that the Rams drafted the tenth-best defensive end, Edge Earnest Brown IV, with the 174th pick from the 2021 NFL Draft. Brown IV is a huge defensive end, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 270-pounds. Hailing from Northwestern, he has tremendous potential for a solid NFL career.
The Rams’ selection of running back Jake Funk wasn’t exactly well-received by fans on draft day, but the selection has been warming up as we learn more about him. This 5-foot-10 205-pound speedster brings a spectrum of positive contributions to the team, both on offense and on special teams. He is incredibly athletic and gifted on the football field but fell due to two ACL injuries to the same knee in both 2018 and 2019.
WR/TE Ben Skowronek out of Notre Dame is easy to get excited over, as he is a rookie who offers a ton of versatility. He is a big-bodied receiver at 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds. He is incredibly athletic and is a player who can contribute to both the offense and to special teams. But one of his best qualities is his ability to generate and maintain huge blocks. With that combination, he could see the field quickly, and become a meaningful target for the Rams offense this year.
The football field is less forgiving than the NFL Draft, and as such, the path to stardom will not be easy for all nine LA Rams rookies in 2021. Yet, one or two rookies seem to find a way to make a positive impact and forge an early and surprising path to start their NFL careers. Who do you believe will have the best rookie season for the team? Let us know in the comments section.