II DT Bobby Brown
The LA Rams valued Texas A&M Bobby Brown quite a bit as they selected him in the 2021 NFL Draft. Now, it will be Brown’s turn to earn a spot on the team’s defensive rotation. He is a playmaking interior defensive lineman., standing 6-foot-4 and weighing approximately 320 pounds. He has the size and power to play all across the defensive front.
In 2021, he played just 10 defensive snaps and just 47 snaps on special teams. That was hardly the debut hoped for by either the team or the player. But the LA Rams have an elite defensive front. Earning playing time for DL Coach Eric Henderson means more than arriving on the team as an early draft pick. Bobby Brown had to put in the work.
He did that in 2021. He is doing that in 2022. I think he will be ready by the opening kickoff.
That’s a good thing because the LA Rams lost NT Sebastian Joseph Day to free agency this offseason. Right now, the team is staring down the double-barrel shotgun of expiring contracts for both A’Shawn Robinson and Greg Gaines. With the LA Rams committing so much towards upping DL Aaron Donald’s salary, the question of how much money will be left over to pay other defensive linemen is absolutely valid.
The Rams must continue to develop young defensive linemen to ensure that the money continues to compute. That means that Bobby Brown will need to step up in 2022.
I think he will. Last season, he was injured early in training camp, which derailed the progress of both himself and teammate DB Robert Rochell. This year, he is no longer flustered by meeting teammate Aaron Donald. He is also familiar enough with the Rams defense, his role, and responsibility, and has another season to develop.
He will earn a spot in the rotation. And I believe that once he does, he will deliver on the mark.