LA Rams pick up vital depth at safety position at 234
By Bret Stuter
In my mind, the LA Rams state of the secondary was going to be driven by how well the Rams draft addressed their safety position. While the Rams had ridden both DB Nick Scott and DB Taylor Rapp through the 2022 NFL season, the team is now left with returning rookie DB Russ Yeast and Quentin Lake, and well as back-from-injury veteran Jordan Fuller.
That is not a very solid starting point to begin a new NFL season. Thankfully, the LA Rams did finally address the safety position in Round 7 with the 234th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft when the team selected Jason Taylor II, a safety from Oklahoma State. Per NFL.com, Taylor was the 11th-best safety in this draft class, But don't fret too much, as the LA Rams signed the seventh-best safety in the 2023 NFL Draft, Quindell Johnson out of Memphis, Rashad Torrence out of Florida, and Jaiden Woodbey out of Boston College as three undrafted free agents.
So what make the case for Taylor to join the LA Rams roster? Well, for starters, he is a safety, a position in dire need of competitive depth.
Taylor stands 6-foot-0 and weighs 204 pounds. When he delivers a tackle, he can lower the boom on the runner or receiver. That reckless sell to crumple the ball carrier often places him out of position to recover if he misses. He has solid instincts but fails to trust them enough, which can lead to penalties or blown coverage.
In a word, Jason Taylor II is raw. But he is coachable, and Taylor will likely make the LA Rams 53-man roster by excelling at special teams early on.
The LA Rams are unlikely to find rookie starting safeties in Round 7 at the 234th pick of the 2023 NFL Draft. But the Rams have three other safeties to join the competition, and the hope is that of the four, the Rams will have some rotational contributors ready to go for the 2023 NFL season.
The Rams add a safety with the their 13th rookie addition in the 2023 NFL Draft. And with that one on the books, the Rams have but one more selection to make. Mr. Irrelevant at the 259th overall pick.