The LA Rams knew that the front office would exhaust their draft picks this year, long before they would address all of the team’s depth needs, particularly on defense. One such area of focus without a sufficient number of draft picks to address is that of the defensive line.
Defensive Linemen (2)
DT Elijah Garcia out of Rice University is one of those players who may have slid under the radar, but who won’t remain off the radar screen for long. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing a solid but not chunky 302-pounds, he has a fantastic foundation for a dominating career as an NFL defensive lineman.
Because he is so huge, he can slide into almost any defensive line role for the LA Rams. The problem is that he is just so raw, and much of his technique is unrefined and ineffective. That won’t be the case for long, and Rams DL Coach Eric Henderson is a master at fixing fundamentals.
I think Garcia will develop rapidly, and if so has a good chance to earn a spot on the team’s roster
DT Dion Novil out of North Texas State University is a hulking defensive lineman who is as dedicated as he is powerful. At 6-foot-4 and 330-pounds, he certainly looks the part of a defensive lineman. Now, the task will be getting him up to speed to play like one.
He is a solid blocker gobbler and even flashes the ability to penetrate from the interior to get to the quarterback. But more often than not, he struggles to shed blockers. He needs to work on his hands, to get them firing out and deflecting the attempts of offensive linemen to grab and hold him in place. While he may arrive with a greater need to develop, he has a great attitude, a physical presence, and an eagerness to learn the trade.