Round 4: 139th pick
With the 139th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams select Josh Jobe, cornerback, from the University of Alabama. We know that the Rams will need to shop for help in their secondary, and they land a blue-chip prospect in Jobe.
Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing in at 192-pounds, he is the NFL prototype for successful secondaries. His long reach arm length can truly be a difference-maker in deflecting passes or breaking up the play altogether. He knows how to play zone defense, but he is ideally suited for press-man coverage, where he can rock the receiver trying to get off the line so well that it throws off the timing at a surprisingly effective rate.
His size, weight, and physicality may be ideal, but it all comes together with a mindset that is indomitable. He does not fear, does not back down, does not lack confidence. He has routinely competed against the best of the NCAA and has held his own against the best that college football has to offer.
Jobe won’t back down
He is even more than an aristocratic defensive back. He earned his spot on the defense by excelling at special teams, delivering bone-jarring tackles when covering kickoff and punts. It was that early coverage experience that truly set the tone for his physicality as a defensive back.
A player like Josh Jobe is a fearless and competitive player worth bringing in to fill the wake of players like Darious Williams or Donte’ Deayon. While he arrives raw, he is already polished enough to compete for a starting spot in the Rams secondary as a rookie. At the very least, he will quickly earn a spot in the rotation as the extra defensive back in any rotation. He comes into the NFL with an “I can do this!” mindset.
Place him next to Jalen Ramsey, and watch him absorb how to do this from one of the best in the NFL.