Los Angeles Rams: Top Three Needs in the 2021 NFL Draft
The Los Angeles Rams don’t own a first-round pick this season because they traded it away to the Jacksonville Jaguars in part of a Jalen Ramsey trade a couple of years ago. Los Angeles has been about swinging for the fences.
They want to win a Super Bowl down the road and they just traded for quarterback Matthew Stafford in the offseason from the Detroit Lions. The Rams are in win-now mode. It will be interesting to see what head coach Sean McVay and general manager Brandon Snead do in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Rams will own the 57th overall pick (second-round selection) in the 2021 NFL Draft. What should the Los Angeles Rams use that selection on?
They are going to need a clean pocket for Matthew Stafford. He isn’t mobile very much. Offensive lineman will be very valuable in the second-round.
Quinn Meinrez of Wisconsin-Whitewater was a Division III prodigy and he was invited to the Senior Boiwl. He has balled out and has impressed scouts and coaches ever since.
Meinrez was the heartbeat of that football program. He continues to work hard and make a name for himself daily.
Quinn Meinrez got better with more reps against better competition. He has the strength and the potential to be a starter in the NFL right away and contribute to a football team that is ready to win now in the Los Angeles Rams.
Rams Taking Banks?
Aaron Banks from Notre Dame is an interior offensive line that the Los Angeles Rams desperately need. Banks is going to be grabbed by some team in the second-round.
Banks can control the line of scrimmage, especially in the running game. He is a part of a Notre Dame football factory.
Liam Eichenberg from Notre Dame could be the potential future left tackle for Los Angeles. Andrew Whitworth isn’t going to be the left tackle for this franchise forever and he is getting injured more often. Whitworth is one of the best offensive lineman in the NFL.
Eichenberg would be a good replacement for him in the long run. He would be effective for the Los Angeles Rams on the offensive line.
With the loss of Josh Reynolds in free agency, Matthew Stafford could use another wide receiver other than Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. They are very high on Van Jefferson, but having depth doesn’t hurt.
Cade Johnson of South Dakota State is a tremendous slot wide receiver. He is very good with yards after the catch. Johnson will be a lot like Cooper Kupp.
Cade Johnson could also be more of a possession wide receiver than a game breaker. He has a ton of upside. Johnson usually doesn’t drop a ton of passes either. He makes more good plays than bad plays.
Rolling with Rodgers?
Amari Rodgers from Clemson is a pinpoint catcher. He can lineup in the slot and play on the outside. Rodgers can pinball cornerbacks and safeties like a running back with his strength. He will need to work on creating separation in man-to-man coverage.
Amari Rodgers will abuse defenses if they are in zone coverage. He is more likely to go in the late second-round and early third-round. Rodgers is another kind of player that will be relied on.
Amon-Ra St. Brown from USC is someone that the Los Angeles Rams probably scout on all the time considering the location. He doesn’t have the speed or strength to potentially be great on the outside in the NFL. St. Brown is more of a slot wide receiver in the NFL.
The Los Angeles Rams will be looking for more of a game-breaker in the NFL, but some of these wide receivers would be a good start. We will see what they decide to do.
With the departure of safety Josh Hill to the Cleveland Browns via free agency, the Los Angeles Rams need help on the back end. Safety is one of the most important positions in the NFL. They need to cover like a cornerback and tackle like a linebacker.
Jamar Johnson of Indiana has tremendous vision of the game and has a very high football IQ. Johnson can make plays in the passing game. He is a tremendous tackler.
Jamar Johnson needs to clean up his technique a little bit. His run game tackling needs a little bit of patience. Johnson would get very good coaching with the Los Angeles Rams.
Jevon Holland of Oregon is very versatile. He has tremendous ball skills and knows when to diagnose a play.
Holland would be a better fit for the Los Angeles Rams because he has raw athleticism and this defense has a ton of elite athletes. Los Angeles needs athletes on the backend in order to excel. Jevon Holland can be a run blitzer for the Rams. He could also be a tool as a pass blitzer also.
Hello Mr. Cisco
Andre Cisco from Syracuse is a boom or bust type of safety prospect. He needs a lot of work. Cisco never played great football after his freshman season of college. He will be tremendous on running downs, but can he work out well on passing downs?
Andre Cisco can diagnose running plays with ease and he needs to do the same with the passing game. Cisco isn’t scared to make a mistake and that is a trait that coaches like Sean McVay and others, are willing to work with. A culture and mindset like that would be perfect for the Los Angeles Rams.
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