Ramblin Fan's first look at the 2023 LA Rams depth chart
By Bret Stuter
Defensive depth (43)
The Rams defense is the Rams positional unit hosting the greatest uncertainty. Even as the team returns All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald and future NFL star inside linebacker Ernest Jones, this Rams defense has huge question marks over the pass rush, run defense, and pass coverage.
- Linebacker (7) - Ernest Jones, Christian Rozeboom, DeAndre Square, Jake Hummel, Kalenchi Anyalebechi, Ryan Smenda Jr. Jaiden Woodbey
- Edge Rushers (7) - Michael Hoecht, Byron Young, Daniel Hardy, Nick Hampton, Ochaun Mathis, Keir Thomas, Zach VanValkenburg
- Defensive linemen (10) - Aaron Donald, Bobby Brown III, Marquise Copeland, Kobie Turner, Larrell Murchison, Jonah Williams, Earnest Brown IV, T.J. Carter, Desjuan Johnson, Taron Vincent
- Defensive backs (18) - Robert Rochell, Jordan Fuller, Quentin Lake, Cobie Durant, Derion Kendrick, Russ Yeast, Richard LeCounte III, Tre Tomlinson, Shaun Jolly, Quindell Johnson, Jason Taylor II, Vincent Gray, Timarcus Davis, Tyon Davis, Jordan Jones, Tanner Ingle, Rashad Torrence II, Collin Duncan
What the LA Rams lack in quality in their secondary, the team more than makes up for in quantity. The Rams defensive backs far outnumber any other position group. And with a roster that carries 10-11 defensive backs on the active roster, competition will be quite heated throughout training camp for those limited roster slots.
The inside linebacker position could be quite heated as well. I am confident that Ernest Jones will start from that group, which means that there will be no more than three additional roster spots on the team for the remaining six prospects.
The Rams carried six defensive linemen and five outside linebackers in 2022 on the 53-man active roster, and that feels right this year. I believe that Donald, Brown, and Copeland are the Day 1 starters, and Kobi Turner will have a significant rotational role. Two slots remain for the remaining six players will result in vicious competition.
If the Rams carry five outside linebackers on the initial roster (I expect that the team will do so), the Rams will likely sign the two who do not make the active roster to the practice squad.
Of course, if our count is correct, the LA Rams still have three open roster slots to get to the 90-man roster. Where are the Rams in need of added depth? If I had to take a swing, I would say that special teams, edge rushers, and perhaps a veteran quarterback could be added.
What are your thoughts? Besides concerns over the abundance of young players who will start for the LA Rams in 2023, are there any glaring holes in the Rams roster that jump out to you? Let us know by commenting on our Facebook page. Thanks and stay tuned.