2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Los Angeles Rams draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Los Angeles Rams 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– There wasn’t a whole lot to work with – the Rams go for sure-thing players rather than draft picks. There wasn’t a first rounder, but having four picks in the top 130 and five in the top 141 wasn’t bad. It’s not a bad draft, but it’s like they didn’t quite put the puzzle together like they needed to. It’s more of a hodgepodge draft than a focused, targeted effort – even with three wide receivers selected – and there’s no great-value get.
– Offensive line was a must and center was a need, and they didn’t get anything for the front five. WR Tutu Atwell is the perfect quick target who fits what the offense likes to do, but the Rams and a few top centers on the board at the 57 and passed.
– LB Ernest Jones out of South Carolina might not be a household name, but he’s a tough guy who might be the team’s leading tackler, Texas A&M DT Bobby Brown is a massive-bodied interior presence who should add more power to an already great situation.
Best Value Pick: DT Bobby Brown, Texas A&M, 4th round, 117th overall
Biggest Reach: WR Jacob Harris, UCF, 4th round, 141st overall
Late Flier That Could Work: LB Chris Garrett, Concordia-St. Paul, 7th round, 252nd overall
Los Angeles Rams 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
2 (57) WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville
3 (103) LB Ernest Jones, South Carolina
4 (117) DT Bobby Brown, Texas A&M
4 (130) CB Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas
4 (141) WR Jacob Harris, UCF
5 (174) DE Earnest Brown, Northwestern
7 (233) RB Jake Funk, Maryland
7 (249) WR Ben Skowronek, Notre Dame
7 (252) LB Chris Garrett, Concordia-St. Paul
Los Angeles Rams 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
The Rams need to work a little bit of magic. They got a nice sixth round safety in Jordan Fuller last year, and second-rounder Cam Akers is a budding star running back, but there wasn’t much else to get too fired up about out of the eight picks. Sometimes the whole Strength In Numbers thing with late round picks doesn’t quite work.
With no first rounder, the top pick at the 57, and with three of the six picks coming after the third, there’s no room for misfires. They need offensive line help, and they could use a good corner, but at the 57, they have to go with the best player on the board. They need enough in too many places to not simply go after a likely starter.
It’ll be interesting to see how much they care about the infrastructure. They could use some bulk in the interior of the lines, and a big guard would be wonderful at the 57, but it’ll take something big to get splashy. They’re not going to be any sort of a factor in the draft without making a move up somehow.
Los Angeles Rams 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
2 RB Cam Akers, Florida State
2 WR Van Jefferson, Florida
3 LB Terrell Lewis, Alabama
3 S Terrell Burgess, Utah
4 TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
6 S Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
7 LB Clay Johnston, Baylor
7 PK Sam Sloman, Miami University
7 OG Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson
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