In a pair of tweets this morning, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport gave Los Angeles Rams fans a bit of insight into holes that the Rams could be looking to fill in the early rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.
#Washington OL Kaleb McGary, who spent yesterday at NFL Network (https://t.co/X3lbKARAzN) is meeting with the #Rams today, then has the #Redskins tomorrow. Teams believe he can play guard and tackle.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 11, 2019
#Baylor WR Jalen Hurd spent yesterday visiting the #Patriots and is visiting the #Eagles next, source said. … Meanwhile, #Washington S Taylor Rapp is visiting the #Rams.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 11, 2019
The Rams are bringing in a pair of Washington Huskies for visits and it’s pretty clear why. Taylor Rapp could be a long term fix for the Rams at safety and could be a target for the Rams in the late 1st/early 2nd round. His draft profile from NFL.com calls him a ‘relatively safe selection’ and he would have the opportunity to learn from FS Eric Weddle for at least one season before being asked to start for Wade Phillips’ defense.
Versatile three-year starter who combines tenacity with football intelligence to play at a consistently high level. Rapp isn’t big, but he’s well-built and durability hasn’t been a concern despite his physical nature as a striker. He played all over the field this year and might be best-suited in a mix between down safety and two-high looks with the ability to cover tight ends. His coverage talent is average, but his run support effort and open-field tackling are clearly defined strengths that make him a relatively safe selection.
Kaleb McGary would be able to play guard short term for the Rams while they determine if he can overcome his lateral agility issues to possibly replace LT Andrew Whitworth at a later date. He’s built like a tackle, but needs additional development. Sounds like a mid-round target to me.
McGary has been a right tackle his entire career, but that could change once his athletic limitations are challenged by NFL-caliber rushers. He would benefit from a move inside to guard where his strength and ability to generate movement as a run blocker would outweigh his issues with lateral quickness. McGary could find early starter’s reps at guard, but struggles with balance and keeping blocks centered could lead to early growing pains that will require a team’s patience.