Round 7 – Picks 225 and 239
The Rams enter round seven with four final picks and so far have done very well. But the more the merrier, right? And so the Rams are eager to finish off their 2022 NFL Draft by improving their roster depth and special teams’ play.
At 225, the Rams choose Tycen Anderson, safety, out of Toledo. It was clear from the NFL Playoffs and the performance of just-retired Eric Weddle that the Rams have room to improve on the back end of their defense. Drafting Tycen Anderson introduces a rookie prospect who can deliver exactly that over time.
Anderson is one of those players whose draft grade places him all over the board. We believe he falls in this draft because he is raw and struggles in coverage. Because he is so athletically gifted but so raw in the secondary, he will be an ideal player to develop into a rotational defensive back. He is an ideal safety size at 6-foot-2 and 209-pounds and had filled a big nickel backer role in college. The Rams could use him in that limited role immediately. But thanks to his size, he would be an instant impact player on the Rams’ special teams, and could slowly grow into a rotational role in the secondary from there.
He has plenty of speed power and agility. He’s just not quite ready for the NFL football field just yet.
At 239, the Rams choose offensive lineman Logan Bruss out of Wisconsin in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft in this mock draft and could land a future starter if this scenario plays out on the third day of this draft. Bruss hails from the Wisconsin Badgers, a team known to develop solid offensive linemen over the course of their football program.
This year they have an excellent offensive lineman in Logan Bruss who can assume the swing-tackle role that LT Joseph Noteboom is expected to vacate this year. Bruss stands 6-foot-5, weighs 309-pounds, and he has the college football background of playing a blocking tight end, right tackle, or right guard. Projected as a swing tackle, Bruss is competent in both run blocking and pass blocking to suit as a versatile backup for an offensive line. But he has not demonstrated enough dominance to be viewed as a rookie starter.
Bruss, like many offensive linemen, simply needs time with the Rams coaching staff to develop into a starter. Finding him on the board in the midst of Round 7 is a bonus.