There’s too much talent in play for Los Angeles Rams fans in this one tonight as the LSU Tigers take on the Miami Hurricanes in the Dallas Cowboys’ home of AT&T Stadium as we look ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft.
LSU LB Devin White
If the draft were next week, White might be atop a Rams-specific big board. He fits a roster need with perfect draft position value. And he’s versatile enough to play inside and even anchor a three-man linebacker group on the inside or play outside (preferably on the strongside) and play three positions in a four-man LB look.
So yeah, he’s good.
He’ll have his hands full tonight dealing with both true junior RB Travis Homer and dual-threat QB Malik Rosier.
Miami DE Joe Jackson
Also a true junior, Jackson will be the focal point for the LSU O-line tonight. He’ll have to take a jump in 2018 to be considered among the better edge rushing prospects next spring, but I wouldn’t put it past him. His 2018 was a slight disappointment given his stellar freshman campaign, but the lights will be on him this year.
LSU CB Greedy Williams
Follows in the long, long, long, long, long, long, long list of LSU DBs. Will probably be the first prospect taken in the draft from this game. Not sure (a) he’ll be available when the Rams pick nor (b) he’d make sense as a selection given the state of things for the Rams heading into 2019.
Miami S Jaquan Johnson
Certainly makes sense right now. Will have to get a sense of his draft stock throughout the February-March process, but would be an apt early option to replace S Lamarcus Joyner.
Miami WR Ahmmon Richards
Rams won’t be in on this one, but I could see him floating into Round 1 discussions. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him land elsewhere in the NFC West.
LSU OLBs Michael Divinity & K’Lavon Chaisson
This one’s a bit of a projection. Divinity’s been in the waiting for a bit behind former Tiger and now Oakland Raiders EDGE Arden Key. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s the breakout candidate of 2018 on the defensive side.
Then again, Chaisson has been getting strong reviews out of Baton Rouge. If the stars are aligned, this could be his launching point.
One other breakout candidate who won’t be draft eligible? True freshman homegrown CB Kelvin Joseph.
Miami ILB Shaquille Quarterman & OLB Michael Pinckney
Not currently among the top options, these two have NFL skills and will be in the mix. Expect to see them frequently pop up in areas of interest for the Rams.
This should be a really good one. Strap in, Rams fans.