Hey, it’s no time to get cold feet or fret about the LA Rams. I know that. This is the ebb of the LA Rams roster, and the tide of optimism will surely come in soon and buoy everyone’s expectations about this team once more. But that secondary was a concern late last year, and it’s even more of a concern at the moment.
Well, the LA Rams secondary is a bit of a mystery. We know that the team will start All-Pro DB Jalen Ramsey at cornerback. But who will line up opposite him? Most likely, that role will be filled by second-year DB Robert Rochell, with help from DB David Long Jr. in the slot. But who will back them up?
With the loss of Darious Williams, and no action to extend FA DB Donte Deayon, the team has few options currently on the roster. DB Grant Haley is on the active 53-man roster, and the team has Tyler Hall and Kareem Orr on Reserve/Future contracts for 2022. What does it all mean? Here is Loony Tune’s Porky Pig to translate for you.
That’s all, Folks!
It gets no better on the back end of the secondary. The LA Rams will likely start both Taylor Rapp and Jordan Fuller once more, although I would not be the least bit disappointed if the team slid Nick Scott in for Rapp. The safeties are rounded out by Terrell Burgess and Jake Gervase.
That’s 11 players to fill four spots on the team. But it feels about three players short of a solid roster for the 53-man active roster and 14-man practice squad.
While I don’t expect the LA Rams to grab a top defensive back from players remaining in the NFL Free Agency market, I do expect that the Rams will draft multiple defensive backs, and perhaps even sign more after the draft. The LA Rams love to load up at WR and DB, specifically to give training camp enough personnel to work with.
How many defensive backs will the LA Rams draft this year? I’ll set the over/under number at two, and if we look at undrafted rookie signings after the draft, I could go all the way to four. Will that calm my fears? Perhaps not. But right now, the team feels like it is paper-thin in the secondary. With so many NFL teams loading up at both quarterback and receivers, the Rams will need to be very vigilant to ensure that the defense is equally supercharged for the 2022 NFL season.
What do you think? Will the Rams be good ‘as is?’ Do you think the Rams will draft multiple defensive backs? Is two enough? Let us know in the comments section.