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Group I: LBs

Linebackers were also tested today, and while there may be a bit of overlap between defensive ends in a 4-3, and outside linebackers in a 3-4, the NFL Scouting Combine does a good job of ensuring that players end up in the appropriate category. They put up some very impressive 40-yard-dash times as well:

Now let's break down some prospects who could be targeted by the LA Rams in the 2024 NFL Draft:

Edgerrin Cooper

Believed to be a Round 2 prospect, Texas A&M linebacker Edgerrin Cooper certainly reinforced his status as one of the best linebackers in the 2024 rookie class with a solid performance. He exhibits superb coverage of tight ends and running backs, Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 230 pounds, he is better suited as the weakside linebacker in a 4-3, but he has all of the skills required to play any linebacker role in a 3-4, provided he bulks up a bit if he is projected as an outside linebacker.

While his projected spot at Round 2 seems a bit rich for the Rams right now, he is worth keeping on your radar.

Kalen DeLoach

Florida State linebacker Kalen DeLoach certainly buoyed his stock with very impressive speed at the combine. Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 215 pounds, DeLoach was considered a late-Day 3 prospect as a safety/linebacker hybrid. Because he has as strong background as a safety, he is ideally suited for NFL sub packages on defense for nickel or dime coverages.

It's that safety background which resulted in his lighter-than-desirable 215 pound weight. But even at that, he projects well in a special team coverage role, and he could be very useful in specific defensve coverage schemes.

I love DeLoach as a target in Round 6. He may not be a three down secondary starter, but his skillsets translate well in specific packages and in special teams.

Trevin Wallace

Another diamond in the rough is Kentucky linebacker Trevin Wallace, Standing 6-foot-1 and weighting 237 pounds, Wallace is a powerful linebacker who can cover and stop runners. His stock is rising after a very impressive combine performance, which showcased both his speed and agility.

He projects as a special teams specialist, perhaps hearing his name called late on Day 3. His combine performance should serve him very well in that regard. His downside is that he struggles to shed blockers, and that has made him less effective in stopping runners.

Still, everything he needs to improve is coachable. He possesses tremendous speed, agility, and is at his happiest when playing a physical style of defense.