With the 219th selection of the 2022 NFL Draft
In the sixth round, the LA Rams select
Another defensive back makes complete sense for the LA Rams, as their secondary fought through plenty of injuries in 2021. But 6-foot-0, 192-pound Josh Jobe is more than just a player to round out practice drills. Jobe is ready to compete at the NFL level for playing time. Now the question is, will he be ready to do so?
Jobe had all the makings of a solid draft profile, but he struggled in 2021, trying to play through a foot injury, that has dropped him in the eyes of many draft analysts. While you’ll still see some folks drafting him in rounds two or three (after all, who would pass up an Alabama Alum at any football position in a mock draft?), I could see him fall to Day 3. Will he fall to 219? In my mock, and in the dream scenario, he does.
He has all the tools. Great length, good size, can be physical on the line of scrimmage, and can even take away slants and inside routes. He even has coverage experience on special teams. So he has plenty of pluses. But there are raw areas too. Plenty of them.
He is not instinctive and depends heavily upon the defensive scheme to be in the right place to make a play. As such, if he senses a receiver creating separation on a play, he automatically reaches out to hold that receiver, frequently drawing a foul. How far he will fall in the draft is anyone’s guess at this point. I believe he will fall, and if he ends up at 219, is a solid selection.
In four seasons with Alabama, he recorded 129 tackles, three interceptions, 19 pass deflections, two quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He had an outstanding 2020 season but showed alarming regression in 2021. Of course, playing with a foot injury will do that, but will he fall as a result? If he does, the LA Rams double down on their DB deficiency.