LA Rams: 2022 post-free agency Mock Draft

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LA Rams Draft Smoke Monday
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With the 212th selection of the 2022 NFL Draft

In the sixth round, the LA Rams select

The LA Rams’ future at the safety position is an interesting one, as they have six safeties on the roster for next season, but four will be free agents after next season, with the last two becoming free agents the year after.

Given that the injuries to the LA Rams’ safety group last season led the team to turn to Eric Weddle for the playoffs says plenty about the state of the position. Smoke Monday has the potential to rectify my of the team’s safety woes.

Smoke Monday is a significant, athletic safety with the ability to make plays at all three levels but will be best playing closer to the line of scrimmage, where he is allowed to hunt for ball carriers. A hunter is an apt description for how he plays the game, as he is hunting to make big plays on every snap.

That mindset can also be Monday’s most significant weakness since his desire to make a play will put him in compromising positions and create opportunities for the opposing team. He also lacks the speed to bail himself out when his aggression and effort get the best of him.

Still, a late-round workhorse who the LA Rams can trust to want to put in the work necessary to improve is valuable. In a potential secondary with Jalen Ramsey, Zyon McCollum, and Monday for the next four years, the LA Rams could have the foundation for their own Legion of Boom.