Florda State corner Lamarcus Joyner is an interesting prospect. Joyner will weigh-in at the NFL Combine this week and will more than likely be considered undersized, at around 5'8 in height. Height doesn't tell the whole story of a player and Joyner is a damn good.
So should Joyner interest the Rams? What type of player is he?
Experience at safety, returner, slot and outside corner
Good at using his hands and speed to get off blocks, also takes on blocks and doesn't run around.
Good ball skills
Creates turnovers, goes for strips, tries to break the ball up when it gets there and it works
fluid mover with good speed
Tries to go through blocks to finish blitzing or make a play
Very aggressive player
Good and aggressive form tackler
Good last line of defense when he played safety
5'8 is really small, so of course he will have problems with the bigger receivers
Multiple deep passes completed on him at safety
Didn't see him press a lot and because of that can be beaten and blocked off by bigger receivers
Can he play man as well as he does zone?
Wasn't a good safety in my eyes
When he was at safety it looked like he was slow to make reads
Didn't hustle to play the run when he was at safety
Need to see him more in man coverage
Safety in 2012
Overview of Joyner
Joyner might be undersized, but he's an aggressive defender. I like him better in the slot than at safety. He can also be a good return man and special teams player. Obviously he will have trouble with bigger receivers, but he can play. He's a good tackler and if he can develop as a safety he could be a real good chess piece for a defense.
Would he fit with the Rams?
Well, he could fit three different positions for the Rams: corner, safety, and kickoff returner. If the Rams release Cortland Finnegan I think that Joyner could be a steal in the late 2nd and 3rd round range, or even later. If the Rams are comfortable with their outside corner back, Joyner could be a good slot corner and he can move to safety on some plays. He might not make plays at safety but he should be good enough. Joyner is a versatile and aggressive defender that could really help the Rams defense.