Post Trade LA Rams mock draft reloads defense for 2023
With the 223rd pick
The LA Rams select Trey Dean III, safety, from Florida. The LA Rams certainly are eager to add some physicality to the secondary in the now Jalen Ramsey-less pass defense, and the 6-foot-2 200-pound Dean is intimidating even as he steps onto the football field. Dean may not test well for speed on the track, but do not let that fool you. He can play fast in football pads.
Dean has the type of size and enough speed to make him ideally suited to hang with the bigger NFL tight ends. While that may not be in the Rams best interest when facing the Kansas City Chief's tight end Travis Kelce, or San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, the Rams will certainly benefit from finally getting a big body to defend big bodies.
Dean is a value in the seventh round. That is because he is good at just about anything that a defensive back can be called on to do, but not so great that he will wind up in NFL highlight reels each week. But that's okay, particularly when calling out a young man's name in the seventh round.
The Rams have struggled to get good pass coverage out of their safeties. That should not be a problem for Trey Dean, who has a good attitude and style that lends itself to solid pass defense. Pairing that with his natural size and physicality, the LA Rams have the makings of a rookie who could wow the coaching staff in training camp