Option I: LA Rams fans will love drinking this Kool-Aid
Since trading away All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the LA Rams have stitched together an adequate if not impressive secondary. But Alabama defensive back Kool-Aid McKinstry could be a key component to upgrading the Rams' secondary for years to come. After all, with a name like Kool Aid, how can you go wrong?
We all know that the key positions to effective manage a successful NFL Championship run requires elite play from the left tackle, pass rusher, quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back. While I would accept the fact that the Rams are not checking the boxes for all those positions, the Rams feel to be most in need of a true shutdown cornerback. Kool-Aid McKinstry could solve that deficit in the Rams defense.
In three seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, McKinstry has been very busy. He has 85 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 2.0 quarterback sacks, two interceptions, and 22 pass deflections. He stands 6-foot-1, and his current weight is reportedly 195 pounds.
With a defensive back like Kool-Ad McKinstry, the LA Rams are adding a pit bull mindset to thei secondary. He is ferocious, challenges all receivers, knows how to use the sideline like a second defensive back, and is an excellent communicator who loves to talk to his teammates.
His awareness of his role in almost any coverage scheme is off the charts, and he can use his physicality and aggressiveness to his advantage to throw off the quarterback-receiver timing on plays.
Much like Jer'Zhan Newtons undeniable fit for DL Coach Eric Henderson, Kool-Aid McKinstry fits what the LA Rams want to do in the secondary like a glove. That is a difficult scenario to resist, as we know just how difficult and costly an ill-rostered secondary can become for the LA Rams.
Five options for the LA Rams in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft, none of whom target a quarterback. While the Rams will have other options at all positions, the Rams cannot be paralyzed with options with their first Day 1 draft pick since hiring Sean McVay as their head coach. The team is already on the right path, conservatively nailing five of 14 drafted plus one undrafted rookie in 2023. The 2024 NFL Draft merely continues the process of getting younger and better for the future.