The Los Angeles Rams are going to be doing some waiting in the 2018 NFL Draft. Without a pick until #87, this class, like last year’s, is going to lack the headline appeal of previous classes. Nonetheless, they have plenty of work to do to make sure that they’re prepared for the eight picks they do currently hold with seven of those eight coming in the final four rounds.
Some of that work is taking place today with reports of two official visits taking place.
Utah EDGE Kylie Fitts
NFL.com scouting report
Prospect grade: 5.49
Utah EDGE Kylie Fitts is visiting the #Rams today. Makes a lot of sense with Wade.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 10, 2018
Los Angeles football fans should recognize the name. A San Bernadino native, Fitts was a one-time USC recruit who decommitted from the Trojans to head to UCLA only to transfer to Utah after one season. After sitting out in 2014, Fitts exploded in 2015 with seven sacks on a really good Utah team that featured current Rams CB Dominique Hatfield and former Rams QB/TE Travis Wilson. But in 2016, Fitts suffered a foot injury in the second game of the year and missed the rest of the season. His 2017 was perhaps more frustrating though as he dealt with various injuries throughout the year and never really got into top form.
He’s a talented, athletic 3-4 OLB, but the injury issues and a lack of power are what likely land him in Day 3 territory. He attended the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, so teams got a full medical evaluation on him. As for the Rams, he’d be a fine fit and someone I’d be excited to see in camp to stack up against the other options at the position.
Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank
NFL.com scouting report
Prospect grade: 5.36
More noteworthy visits: #Miami speedy RB Mark Walton is visiting the #Giants today ... Arizona’s versatile DB Dane Cruikshank is visiting with the #Rams today, then he has #Packers and #Lions this week. Random: He actually picked off both Rosen & Darnold last season.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2018
Cruikshank also has LA ties having grown up in Chino Hills. He spent two years at Citrus College in Glendora before transferring to Zona where he blossomed as a versatile defensive back. Think a Lamarcus Joyner-type skill set. Would he be better served as a backup to Joyner or to slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman?
Two weeks, folks!