Marcus Roberson is a very intriguing puzzle piece in the Los Angeles Rams defensive secondary.
On one hand, he’s had the opportunity to develop under Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson. And he’s done enough during his time to earn 6 starts since being an undrafted free agent in 2014. He hasn't blown anyone away, but has been reliable.
On the other hand, being trapped under Tru and J.J. is a double edged sword. While he’s played well when given the opportunity, he’s still a relative unknown. Now that J.J. is gone, he could find himself in the mix more frequently.
Trumaine Johnson reigns as the king of the mountain among CBs heading into the 2016 season. After that, things are only written in pencil. E.J. Gaines will likely get first crack at starting opposite Tru, and Lamarcus Joyner will be in the discussion there as well - though he likely fits better in the slot at this point in his career.
That puts Roberson fighting with Coty Sensabaugh for the 4th spot on the depth chart. I like his chances in that battle and if he has a stellar camp, he may even challenge Joyner for the nickel role.
Don’t let us down now.
Roberson has developed from UDFA into a player capable of starting in a pinch when the situation dictates. His continued development is going to be key to the Rams filling Jenkins’ shoes without sacrificing depth.
Chances of Making Final Roster (9/10)
Roberson is not a ‘lock’ per se, but I seriously doubt that he gets beat out by Michael Jordan (roster preview), Jabriel Washington (roster preview), or Troy Hill (roster preview). Roberson has done enough to earn a role in the previous two seasons, and that will continue in 2016.