Who should LA Rams target from each NFL team at Trade Deadline
19 – Minnesota Vikings
The LA Rams have a way of elevating the play of edge rushers. Minnesota Vikings Edge rusher Patrick Jones II is a player who could discover a huge boost on the Rams defense. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 90th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. But the 6-foot-4 261-pound outside linebacker has yet to play for the Vikings, either on defense or in a special teams’ role.
That should not discourage the Rams from pursuing him. Even though he has not yet made an impact on the Vikings’ defense is not to say that he will not make an impact for the LA Rams. Similarly, the Rams have not yet gotten production from their own rookie outside linebacker, Chris Garrett.
Jones has incredible size and power for the position. At his height and weight, he can just as easily play in a two-point stance as well as the three-point stance of defensive linemen. And for an added bonus, he hails from Aaron Donald’s Alma-Mater, the University of Pittsburgh. That will be a huge factor for the Rams if they trade for the young edge rusher.
The Rams like a rapid and deep rotation on the edge, and have been a bit hampered as of late with limited healthy players to give everyone sufficient rest. That is one reason why the Rams elevated outside linebacker Justin Lawler from the practice squad twice already. Picking up Jones would ensure sufficient depth to allow the Rams to stay rested off the edge all game.