LA Rams: 4 rookies who need to shine most in training camp

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LA Rams News Earnest Brown IV
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Life on the edge

After the LA Rams lost the very promising and still young and developing defensive end Morgan Fox, the team’s roster had a void that many expected would be filled by up to four returning rookies from the 2020 Rams’ practice squad. Instead, the LA Rams chose 6-foot-5 270-pound defensive end Earnest Brown IV with the 174th pick (round five) of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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While that is often where the LA Rams scouting department has found amazing success at adding big-bodied burly linemen to fill roles at either an offensive or defensive line of scrimmage position, Earnest Brown IV is a bit unique in that he was drafted into a position already loaded with talented and hungry players who are eager to earn a roster spot and playing time this year.

Brown was a bit of a surprise in that the 2021 class was a bit shallow and less talented than other draft classes, but he certainly brings enough intrigue to make it worthwhile and entertaining to monitor his progress. He is listed as a defensive lineman for the Rams and was in frequent communication with Rams defensive line coach Eric Henderson in the days leading up to the draft. That’s a pretty good indication that he will be playing as a defensive end for the Rams in the 2021 NFL season. Of course, that will depend on his ability to land a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.

Brown has the right frame to excel as an NFL defensive lineman, but he will need to improve on this strength, polish his techniques, and generate a quicker burst towards the quarterback as a rookie.  He is another clay-like defensive rookie to be molded by the master, Coach Henderson. Unfortunately, that will need to happen as On-the-Job-Training (OJT) as the competition is extremely heated for a shot to show up on the Rams’ game day.