LA Rams may have no choice but to keep these 6 rising D stars
By Bret Stuter
If you play the defensive line position, then you are likely to have a skip to your heartbeat when your agent informs you that you have been acquired by the LA Rams organization. Not only does that type of news that you will be playing alongside All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald, but the rigors and challenges of defensive line coach Eric Henderson have earned elite status among NFL circles.
6-foot-5 275-pound defensive lineman Jonah Williams is one of those players who seems to fit the small school gemstone that the LA Rams uncover better than most NFL teams. He hails from Weber State University and has been one of the best-kept secrets on the Rams roster so far. Well, until now, it seems.
Like many of the Rams 2021 additions, Williams is a bit on the athletic side, and as such has been an excellent protege’ for Coach Eric Willams DAWGWORK regimen. Williams tested at a 4.65-second 40-yard dash and pumped 30-reps of 225 pounds, and even leaps 35 inches off a dead stop. As we had noted in our feature on defensive linemen, Jonah Willams is the ideal successor to DE Morgan Fox.
He has been growing all through college, as in adding muscle upon muscle. He played at 250-pounds his senior year, was tested at 270-pounds for his Pro Day, and arrived at the LA Rams at 275-pounds. He has power. He has speed. He has brute strength. All he needed in 2020 was to refine his pass rush. In 2021 through two preseason games, he has chalked up six tackles and 1.5 quarterback sacks. I’d say he’s ready for an NFL roster, and I just hope it’s the LA Rams roster.