CB Gabe Jeudy: "He's (Puka Nacua's) legit." So who has Nacua-potential in this draft?

The LA Rams found a winning lottery ticket on Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft. Can the team repeat that success in 2024? Let's revisit Puka Nacua's impact, and then pivot to this draft class to examine if another gold nugget is hiding in the rookie silt of this rookie class.

13th Annual NFL Honors - Arrivals, Puka Nacua
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Senior Bowl superhero

Western Kentucky WR Malachi Corley is a name whose stock jumped onto the radar screen thanks to a sensational week of practice leading up to the Reese Senior Bowl. Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 215 pounds, Corley is a very productive college receiver who seems to be a one-man scoring machine. In each of his last two seasons of NCAA football, Corley scored 11 touchdowns. That's very impressive.

If you want yards after the catch (YAC), then Malachi Corley is your guy. Nicknamed the 'YAC-King' in college football, he is extremely dangerous with the football in his hands. That is how he has been so consistently effective at scoring touchdowns. He is a physical receiver, able to turn catch-and-run plays into big gainers due to his ability to run through defensive backs. Best of all, he exhibits soft hands that consistently snag the football out of the air away from his body.

Projection: Late Round 2

This WR is one wild cat

Former Kentucky Wildcat WR Tayvion Robinson is a 5-foot-10, 191-pound wide receiver who may have flown under the radar of many NFL teams. But you can bet that the LA Rams are well aware of his potential, as former Rams OC Liam Coen was his offensive coordinator in 2023. As such, he enters the 2024 NFL Draft with a pretty good idea of this team's offensive strategy and playbook.

But there is more to love about Robinson than his familiarity with the team's offensive strategy. He is a solid possession receiver, a guy who seems to find ways to get open in crucial moments of the game. He is surprisingly physical at the line of scrimmage, able to deflect defensive backs' attempts to stall him at the line of scrimmage, and allowing him to make the catch against all pass coverages. He is willing to run crossing routes, and he has the ability to consistently make catches in traffic.

While productive, he has had varied success in the offense. The team will appreciate his strong experience with special teams, having served as a kick returner in one season, and a punt returner in all five college seasons. While his age is not readily available, we project his NFL age at 23 years old (graduated HS in 2018).

Projected: Round 7