The 2024 NFL Scouting Combine prospects have LA Rams fans excited. Here's why:

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Group II

Group II is the unique combination that test secondary players alongside offensive tight ends.

Defensive backs

  • Day 1 - Nate Wiggins, CB Clemson
  • Day 2 - Quinyon Mitchell, DB, Toledo
  • Day 3 - Khyree Jackson, CB, Oregon
  1. The LA Rams have an unexpected opportunity to land a true shutdown cornerback in the 2024 NFL Draft. With as many as eight cornerbacks with Day 1 potential, the team could benefit greatly from an early run on quarterbacks, offensive linemen, and wide receivers. One defensive back, Clemson's Nate Wiggins, is likely to fall to the team at 19. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 185 pounds, Wiggins may not give off a first impression of a hard-hitting secondary specialist, but looks are deceiving. Wiggins is a polished pass defender, a solid fit for a secondary that needs a new rising star. Wiggins could be that guy.
  2. While there is much abuzz about Toledo defensive back Quinyon Mitchell, I am holding out hope and belief that he could fall to Day 2. Standing 6-foot0 and weighing 195 pounds, Mitchell turned heads, dropped jaws, and raised eyebrows with a far better-than-expected performance in the Senior Bowl. Still, there is simply too much talent in this draft to allow him to leap over enough prospects, and I am convinced that many NFL teams simply do not believe that a defensive back from Toledo warrants a Round 1 pick.
  3. Oregon defensive back Khyree Jackson is an ideal fall-back prospect to aim for on Day 3 if the secondary is not quite 'there,' by that time in the draft. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 203 pounds, Jackson is a tall defensive back whose height offers a wide range of opportunities to use him in unique coverage schemes. He even has the hybrid physicality of taking on a coverage linebacker in nickel or dime sub-packages. He can be a bit conservative in playing off the receiver, but that can be readily corrected by NFL coaching.

Tight ends

  • Day 1 - Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
  • Day 2 - Ja'Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas
  • Day 3 - Cade Stover, TE, Ohio State
  1. There is so much buzz about Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, that every other tight end in this draft class is eclipsed. Bowers is so popular right now, that many expect the age-old tradition of ignoring tight ends in Round 1 to be abandoned quickly this year, perhaps as quickly as among the Top 10 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. I know that the Rams would love to have a chance to fold Bowers into this offense. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 240 pounds, Bowers is a matchup nightmare, too talented to be covered by linebackers, and too powerful to be brought down by defensive backs. He is the one player who I believe the Rams would try to trade up to acquire.
  2. While he may not generate nearly as much buzz, do not underestimate the upside of Texas tight end Ja'Tavion Sanders. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 252 pounds, Sanders is an excellent blocker who also possesses soft hands and has command of a route tree that puts many wide receivers to shame. He also has tremendous potential for yards after the catch, and for that very reason, I could see him being an exciting addition to the Rams' offense.
  3. Ohio State tight end Cade Stover may not fall far enough on Day 3 to be within the reach of the Rams, but that chance always exists. Stover is another huge target, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 251 pounds. He is a solid tight end but is not particularly impressive in blocking, agility, or creating separation. He simply is a mean physical tight end who is a juggernaut after making the catch. He is Mr. Clutch, the go-to guy when a first down or a red zone score is needed. He is also very capable of racking up yards after the catch is made.