Rams rumors put team at this small school DB prospect's Pro Day

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If you think that the 2024 NFL Free Agency market is the end-all of the LA Rams' options to add depth and talent to the roster, you may be surprised to learn that the team has 11 draft picks scheduled for the 2024 NFL Draft, and then a host of undrafted rookie signings after the draft ends. One such rookie prospect to add to your radar is Southeast Missouri (SEMO) defensive back Lawrence Johnson.

Johnson is an ideal size and weight for an NFL defensive back, standing 6-foot-0 and weighing 205 pounds. Per his school's website, he recorded 65 tackles, five tackles for a loss, 1.0 quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. While he did not record an interception, he did get credit for five pass breakups in 2023.

And it seems that was enough to put his Pro Day on the calendar of all 32 NFL Teams scouting department.

Johnson is one of the promising NFL-hopefuls who were under-scouted throughout their college football careers, but whose talent and production could be good enough to open the door to make one of the NFL team's 90-man rosters. Whether he hears his name called out during the 2024 NFL Draft is of little importance. The real value is getting on an NFL team roster, having the chance to showcase his football performance in front of NFL coaches, and earn a spot on the practice squad or 53-man roster.

And he is talented enough to do exactly that.

While he did not participate in the Senior Bowl or Shrine Bowl, he certainly made the most of his opportunity to showcase his football fitness in the Hula Bowl. In that game, it was obvious that he was one of the best players on the football field:

He is an NFL safety, a formidable foe to the run, and capable of staying close to tight ends or slot receivers in pass coverage. He ramps up his physicality in the red zone, hitting hard and forcing the offense to earn every inch.

He certainly offers plenty to NFL teams who need to bolster depth and pass coverage. He is a promising young player to keep on your radar.