When the LA Rams drafted Cobie Durant with the 142nd pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, he was not on the radar of many NFL teams. In fact, even for those teams who were seeking defensive help for their secondary, those teams were likely looking elsewhere.
The Rams targeted defensive backs in their 2022 NFL Draft, particularly those who were highly rated at turnovers and who could play the slot. Cobie Durant was one such defensive back, but his 5-foot-10 180-pound size was thought to be a bit smallish for an NFL slot cornerback.
Pick 142: CB Decobie Durant
That has never been a problem for the Rams. This team’s secondary played both Darious Williams and Donte Deayon in 2021, and both are considered a bit smallish as well. It was that experience that likely allowed the Rams to consider Durant on their draft board as highly as they did.
Durant’s defensive debut was a success
Durant finally got to play some defensive snaps in Week 2, and it came as the result of a groin injury to teammate Troy Hill.
So how did Cobie Durant do? In his 23 defensive snaps, he was targetted three times, allowing two receptions. But on the other target, he intercepted the pass for his first NFL interception.
He not only recorded his first pick, but he also recorded his first quarterback sack. That is a helluva way to open an NFL career as a defensive back. And it opened the door for his college coach to prod him in jest, pointing out that he allowed Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota to tackle him, preventing what may have been a pick-six.
The LA Rams have a keen eye for defensive back talent in the NFL Draft and undrafted rookie signings. Cobie Durant just played in his first NFL game, but he appears to be a gifted defensive back.
The LA Rams will need contributions from everyone. Durant’s first game has proven that the secondary not only has an opportunistic defensive back who can create turnovers, but he has already proven to be a versatile weapon for the Rams’ defense.