Here are 5 LA Rams CBs to track at the NFL Scouting Combine

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Josh Thompson, Texas - CB/S
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Josh Thompson, Texas – CB/S

Josh Thompson is just a corner because Texas is still not back. Jokes aside, Thompson is another versatile defensive back who plays the position with many qualities that make him a potential convert to the safety position, which is fine if the LA Rams stay zone heavy, but a problem if they run more man coverage.

Josh Thompson makes an attractive option as more of a nickel or dime corner in the NFL, as he plays cornerback like a strong safety and is willing to play in the run game and blitz. Staying on the inside of the defense also helps him play with more physicality.

The biggest concern with Thompson is he loves to play for the big hit, which often results in poor tackling fundamentals and the risk that the offensive player breaks a tackle. If a team is willing to let him play to his strengths and scheme around his weaknesses, Thompson has potential.

The LA Rams adding Josh Thompson would not be the ideal way to fix the cornerback position, but it is an effective way to add more versatility to the LA Rams defense, as he adds a defensive back who can provide pash rush and run defense assistance.

Josh Thompson could also be worth considering as a David Long Jr. replacement, as Long is entering the last year of his contract. It is better to look for a potential replacement now rather than waiting for Long’s contract to expire and potentially needing to replace three cornerbacks in two years.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Josh Thompson is worth keeping an eye on because he can showcase more coverage skills and prove that he is an NFL cornerback rather than a cornerback/safety hybrid in need of an actual role. He will not be able to showcase better tackling during the Combine, but he can help his draft stock overall.