Will LA Rams draft enough DBs in the 2022 NFL Draft?

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By rights, the LA Rams secondary could be a strength for the 2022 NFL season, or it could be a weakness. Whichever way the season will fall could very likely depend upon the decisions made by the team over the next two weeks. That’s how long the LA Rams have to decide, and process, their decisions in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The LA Rams have lost several key defensive backs who contributed to their top-ranked defense from 2020, namely Troy Hill, John Johnson III, and now Darious Williams. The team has drafted just one cornerback, Robert Rochell, who shows promise but cannot be expected to cover two positions.

The Rams’ safety situation seemed to regress in 2021 as well. Second-year safety Jordan Fuller did not feel as effective in 2021 as the previous season, and Taylor Rapp seemed to be so hot and cold that it was difficult to determine whether he was an asset or a liability to the team. When the Rams brought two-years-retired safety, Eric Weddle, back for their playoff run, his incredible off-the-street performance combined with the brain-rattling play of backup safety Nick Scott demonstrated what the team seemed to be lacking out of those safeties all season.

Weddle is back to retirement. Scott is by no means guaranteed anything. Jalen Ramsey will remain Jalen Ramsey, but he needs help. So what will it be LA Rams?

2022 Rams Draft matters

This is a critical draft for the LA Rams. No, not in the sense that the expectations are to find four 2022 starters out of the eight draft picks. But the LA Rams need to shore up depth, and at least generate rotational value at defensive back, outside linebacker, and offensive skill players. Can all of that be done with eight draft picks, none of which are among the Top-100 selections?

We’ll soon find out. Whatever the Rams do not do during the draft, they will need to scramble by signing undrafted rookie free agents after the draft concludes to round out the roster.

You can bet that the 2022 NFL Draft will be another wild ride. There are plenty of areas to address both during and after the draft, and the Rams will need to do so both strategically and judiciously. With other needs pressing as well, will the Rams find enough value with available defensive backs to add enough players to the roster?

Stay tuned. We believe that the Rams need multiple DBs added to the roster. How the team accomplishes that is up to them.

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