LA Rams 2024 pre-draft meeting tracker: Meetings, projections, updated 4/11 8:00 am

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Missouri defensive back Ennis Rakestraw Jr. is certainly quite popular, having met with more than half of the NFL teams already. He is an elite tackler, and versatile enough to be used throughout the secondary. He would give the team plenty of flexibility in the secondary for 2024.

The Rams would get a huge boost in quarterback pressure if they pull the trigger and select Washington Huskies' Edge rusher Bralen Trice. Trice is a pass rush specialist coming out of college, but he has all of the makings of a player who can develop the type of skills needed to be a complete outside linebacker in the NFL

Washington State University defensive End Brennan Jackson is cut from the same bolt of cloth as OLB Byron Young and NT Kobie Turner. He loves to play football, and never takes a play off. He can be effective in either a two or three-point stance. At 6-foot-4 and 264 pounds, I believe the Rams envision him as a defensive end on their defensive front.

And the LA Rams were very busy indeed at Michigan's Pro Day. We already discussed their meeting OT Karson Barnhart. But the scouting group also made time for CB Mike Sainristil and Edge rusher Jaylen Harrell.

CB Mike Sainristil is a bonafide elite prospect as a slot cornerback, an area that gave the secondary fits in 2023. He is 5-foot-9 and 182 pounds, and if chosen immediately competes with 2023 rookie Tre Tomlinson for playing time. If he were 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds or bigger, he would be a candidate to come off the board among the Top 10.

Michigan Edge rusher Jaylen Harrell is an ideal depth player for the Rams at outside linebacker. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 250 pounds, Harrell is best when in pass coverage. Because he is so good at dropping into coverage, he gains an element of surprise when he rushes the passer. He needs to learn more pass rush moves to add to his arsenal, but he has the feel of a niche player who the Rams could be quite happy with in 2024.

At 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, NC State's Savion Jackson caught the Rams' eye because he has a solid complement of skillsets and the versatility to line up anywhere on the defensive line. Jackson put up 2.5 quarterback sacks in 2023, adding some spice to his NFL-ready run defense. Injuries impacted his playing time in both 2021 and 2022. The Rams are looking at prospects who may be available after the 2024 NFL Draft, and Jackson will be a hotly pursued prospect.