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The Los Angeles Rams hope to continue recent trend of finding value in the Senior Bowl

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The Los Angeles Rams have relied heavily on the Senior Bowl to make their picks count recently, look for more of the same in the 2019 NFL draft.

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Cooper Kupp, Gerald Everett, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Joseph Noteboom, John Johnson III, Micah Kiser, Jamil Demby, Tanzel Smart, Sam Rodgers…

What do all those guys have in common? They were all Senior Bowl participants in the last two years that received calls from General Manager Les Snead to come out to Los Angeles Rams camp and put on pads. Going back beyond 2017, other Senior Bowlers-turned-Rams continue to pop up: Rob Havenstein, Austin Blythe, Sean Mannion, Paul McRoberts, Kevin Peterson, Louis Trinca-Pasat.

With a shortage of premium draft picks in recent drafts, Les Snead has used the Senior Bowl as his team’s lifeblood. The Senior Bowl has provided the Rams with a great opportunity to see guys from smaller schools test their skills against experienced players from power conferences, and sometimes diamonds in the rough start flashing. The Rams have certainly shown that it is worth their while to take a flyer on some of these talents that will surely be available on days two and three of the draft.

Finding a key contributor or three in the mid-to-late rounds will be integral to the Rams as they look to replenish their talent and depth, as their numerous pro bowlers soak up a large portion of the team’s cap space.

The following players are 2019 Senior Bowl participants that might be lurking on Les Snead’s draft board:

Safeties

With the likely departure of previously franchise tagged FS Lamarcus Joyner, the Rams may look to the free agent market to fill the void. Regardless of how that plays out, there is a great chance that they will also select a safety somewhere between the fourth and seventh rounds. Here are some Senior Bowl participants that could go somewhere in that range:

Kentucky S Mike Edwards

Ranked 209 overall

Michigan State S Khari Willis

Ranked 231 overall

Boston College S Will Harris (another BC safety next to John Johnson III?!?)

Ranked 196 overall

Maryland S Darnell Savage Jr.

Ranked 160 overall

Tight Ends

The Rams tight ends preformed well when called upon in 2018. Tyler Higbee was a solid blocker and Gerald Everett made some notable plays in the passing game down field. However, no Rams opponent would have ranked tight end highly among things to worry about against the Rams’ offense. It is entirely possible that the Rams will continue to poke around the mid-to-late rounds to see if they can find their guy. This year’s Senior Bowl had a couple of four-catch tight ends:

Washington TE Drew Sample

6’5” 251 lbs

and…

UCLA TE Caleb Wilson

6’4” 235 lbs

others include these skyscrapers…

Stetson TE David Parham

6’8” 240 lbs

Ranked 272 overall

LSU TE Foster Moreau

6’6” 256 lbs

Ranked 179 overall

EDGE/outside linebacker

The quest for heat is still on. We don’t know whether Dante Flowler Jr, Dominique Easley, or Matt Longacre will be retained, so this area remains in flux. Here are some Senior Bowlers that could potentially provide competition on the edge:

TCU OLB Ben Banogu

6’4” 249 lbs

Northern Illinois OLB Sutton Smith

6’1” 237 lbs

Notre Dame OLB Drue Tranquill

6’2” 233 lbs

Mississippi State OLB Gerri Green

6’4” 255 lbs

Defensive End

TCU DE L.J. Collier

6’4” 276 lbs

Iowa DE Anthony Nelson

6’7” 271 lbs

Texas DE Charles Omenihu

6’6” 275 lbs

(1 forced fumble, 1 sack, 3 tackles in Senior Bowl)

A few more that Snead might have seen…

USC T Chuma Edoga

6’4” 295 lbs

(Senior Bowl Practice Player of the Week)

Alabama DT Isaiah Buggs

6’2” 286 lbs

(3 tackles in Senior Bowl)

UMass WR Andy Isabella II

5’10” 195 lbs

(7 rec, 74 yds, 1 TD; 1 car, 14 yds in Senior Bowl)

There’s a great chance that one — or more than one — of these names will be in Irvine with the Rams this July. If the Rams can find a couple contributors in the second half of the draft, it will be another coup for the team as they look to add depth on the cheap around their blue chip stars.