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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Don't be afraid to be too cocky at WR

Former South Carolina Gamecocks WR Xavier Legette has certainly improved his draft stock with a solid performance at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine. Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 221 pounds, Legette put up an astonishing 4.39-second 40-time that has many NFL teams reordering their draft boards as a result.

He had been a consistent producer for the South Carolina offense for four season, but he had a breakout season in 2023, catching 71 passes for 1,255 yards and seven touchdowns. Couple that offensive efficiency with the fact that he has extensive special teams experience, and you can see why the Rams front office may take a keen interest in him.

And then you have former WR Steve Smith Sr. comparing him to Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf:

Legette is the perfect storm of size, speed, physicality, and making contested catches. That is certainly going to place him on nearly every NFL team's draft board. His performance in the Combine will only stoke interest in him:

If the Rams truly have an interest in adding bigger receivers, then Legette is an ideal option. While standing 6-foot-1 is certainly tall enough, he plays bigger. Weighing 221 pounds of muscle, he already looks every bit the part of a three-down receiver in the NFL.

Projected: Round 3

Howl about this Red Wolves WR?

Former Arkansas State Red Wolves WR Corey Rucker is a 6-foot-0 210-pound wide receiver option in the 2024 NFL Draft who will likely not attract much interest. Nearing 22 years of age, Rucker is a four-year NCAA college football player who possesses much of the foundational attributes that NFL GMs seek in rookie WR prospects.

Rucker has had a feast or famine type of college football career. He put up over 300 receiving yards in one game 2020, getting national recognition for that historic achievement:

But the rest of his games that season resulted in just 143 yards and one touchdown.

Rucker has the ability to have unbridled success as a receiver. But that has worked against him at times. With a limited route tree, Rucker has relied on matching up against lesser defenders to whomp them via his production. While he showed more consistency at putting up yardage in 2023, it came at the expense of his ability to score, putting up just two touchdowns.

Rucker has a high ceiling if he can play more consistently and create more separation on the football field.

Projected: Priority undrafted free agent signing

Ultimately, the LA Rams must weigh all evidence if they are to have any hope of finding an elite rookie wide receiver in this draft. Fortunately, the presence of Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. and LSU WR Malik Neighbors creates long shadows that masks the potential of other rookie wide receiver prospects in this draft class.

I am confident that the team will add one or more wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft. But for the life of me, I really do not have a feel who that rookie prospect or prospects might be.

Thanks again for reading.

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