These Rams rookies are a busload of trouble for 2024 opponents

The Rams rookie class of 2024 will cause some headaches for opponents. Who are some rookies who may have great seasons?
Kamren Kinchens, Miami
Kamren Kinchens, Miami / Megan Briggs/GettyImages
4 of 5

Rams defense: Part I

The Rams defense is ripe for rookie contributors. With the retirement of Aaron Donald, this defense is truly writing a brand new chapter. Led by inside linebacker Earnest Jones, the group is looking for rookies to step up practically everywhere. I see this group of eight rookies as having the greatest chance to make an impact this season.

DT Tuli Letuligasenoa is a sleeper who could end up surprising some folks this year. He competed for five seasons in the Pac-10. and started three seasons for the Washington Huskies. He is a consistent if not outstanding defensive lineman. Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 292 pounds, he certainly has the size to compete in professional football. If he can add some pass rush moves to his arsenal, he has a real chance to make this roster.

DE Anthony Goodlow may seem to be second-fiddle to Missouri rookie DE Darious Robinson, but don't judge too hastily. He is a steady-freddie in term of competing on the defensive line. Rather than quick bursts, twitchy moves, and a sudden burst towards the quarterback, Goodlow is a defender who wins by determination and resolve. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 283 pounds, he has the right size but needs to refine his techniques. He is productive, but look for DL Coach Giff Smith to level him up.

DT Tyler Davis is a defensive tackle who may be a bargain for this defense. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 300 pounds, Davis is a powerful defender who has the versatility to compete at multiple positions on the defensive line of scrimmage. He is a productive player who is willing to take on the role of blocker-gobble to ensure his teammates are free and clear to make plays. He has all of the raw skills of an NFL player. He simply needs a bit of coaching refinement to optimize his abilities.

DT Braden Fiske may face high expectations in his rookie season, but he has the passion and energy level to exceed even the most optimistic projections. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 295 pounds, Fiske is a raging Furyan (see The Chronicles of Riddick) who loves to create havoc like a tempest loves to dash ships against a rocky coastline.

Fiske can stuff the run, can stalk opposing quarterbacks like a lion stalks a wildebeest, and throw up his arms to knock down passes. He is a defensive fixer, a guy who loves to step up in critical moments of a game, and make huge momentum changing plays. Fans will love this guy because he plays with so much passion and energy.