VII: In a rush to get to the quarterback
While I believe that there is a lot more pressure coming after opposing quarterbacks in 2024, I won't discount the interest to add more where that came from. I truly believe that the hiring of former LB Coach/Pass Runsh Coordinator Chris Shula as the new Defensive Coordinator could signal a renewed commitment to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Edge Dallas Turner could prove to be a wise investment.
It was clear from my streaming experience of watching Super Bowl LVIII that the way to derail San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is to get guys in his face when he drops back to pass. At times the Kansas City Chiefs had as many as two spies on defense that were prepared to tackle Purdy if and when he pulled the ball down. Right now, the Rams have players who can apply the pressure. But in terms of consistent pressure, the defense could use one more playmaker. Alabama outside linebacker Dallas Turner could be the key to a devastatingly effective Rams resurging pass rush.
Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing in at a burly 242-pounds, Dallas Turner is an ideal complement to the Rams' current pass rush. Adding him to the roster would allow the Rams to field a defensive front of OLB Byron Young (8.0 sacks), DT Aaron Donald (8.0 sacks), NT Kobie Turner (9.0 sacks), DE Michael Hoecht (6.0 sacks), and debut rookie OLB Dallas Turner (projected 8.0 sacks).
The Rams would be foolish not to target this guy if he drops out of the Top-10. He has the power and agility to turn the corner and close quickly on quarterbacks. He can fend off blockers and set a formidable edge that turns plays inside. He has the fluidity and football IQ to cover receivers in the flat, crossing, and swing routes.
If you want to upgrade the Rams defense, Dallas Turner certainly appears to be a rookie prospect worth investing in. But if your mind remains undecided, we have more players to showcase.