The 2018 NFL Draft is nearly upon us! And if you follow the Los Angeles Rams closely, you probably know that they’re in “win now” mode. The feel of this offseason has been, from it’s very exciting onset, about fielding a roster ready to make a deep run in the playoffs — and potentially the Super Bowl.
But they’ve still got work to do, primarily in the middle of their defense where they’ve lost several key starters - to include Robert Quinn, Alec Ogletree, and Connor Barwin - this offseason. How they intend to fill those voids remains to be seen, but it’s fair to assume they address those positions when they’re on the clock next week.
But does it really matter? Not according to Rams’ CB Nickell Robey-Coleman.
I never really been the type to make bold predictions but I’m just wondering how teams are going to throw the ball?!.. but I’m asking tho lol— NickellRobey-Coleman (@slotgod23) April 22, 2018
Now this could mean a couple of things.
On one hand, NRC says he’s concerned about a team’s ability to throw that ball. So it’s possible he’s sitting at home on a Sunday in late April contemplating how Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, and Michael Brockers are going to wreck opposing offensive lines so quickly that there won’t be enough time to throw the ball. Hard to argue.
Or maybe he’s referring to himself and the rest of a very stout secondary. They have dubbed themselves “Lock Angeles,” after all. Some turnover at the cornerback position this offseason means the Rams will field Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib - a duo who have a combined seven Pro Bowls - as their starters on the outside. Factor in NRC, who played admirably in first season in Los Angeles along with standout safeties Lamarcus Joyner and John Johnson III, and you’ll understand why the Rams are in discussion of having the best secondary in football.
Either way, Robey-Coleman makes a pair of great points...even if it wasn’t his intention. Opposing QB’s might not have enough time to get the ball off, and even when they do, as NRC suggests, how likely is it to be complete?