The LA Rams are trying to find the right fit for their team up and down the roster, and that has meant that the team has cast a net far and wide for young men whose collegiate football background aligns with what the LA Rams are interested in adding to the team.
One such player who was brought in not once, but twice, is Nevada Wolf Pack’s former punter Julian Diaz. Diaz is a very intriguing NCAA punter and as such fits the positional needs for the LA Rams.
Of course, the team had already signed veteran NFL punter Riley Dixon, and then signed Texas punter/placekicker Cameron Dicker. So any hope for Diaz to earn a roster spot starts with matching or besting entrenched players in a window of perhaps several days of trying out for the team. That’s a tall order, folks.
Booming punts? Typical for Julian Diaz
Two entrenched players on the roster and just a couple of days to make a significant impression? Tough to do. But then again, he does have the ability to impress instantly. . .
Julian Diaz boots a 71-yard punt to the 1.
— Nevada Football (@NevadaFootball) October 25, 2020
I was intrigued by this young man, because the Rams seldom bring in someone for one tryout, let alone two. So my first order of business was to learn something about the person behind the player.
To start with, Diaz is not someone who withers in the face of competition. After all, he competed against San Diego State’s Matt Araiza and Colorado State’s Ryan Stonehouse and held his own against them. But I’m jumping ahead of the story.