Per The Draft Wire’s Justin Melo, the Rams have recently met with Utah State linebacker David Woodward over FaceTime. Woodward, a three-year contributor to the Aggies defense, looks to become another solid linebacker from Utah State, joining Nick and Zach Vigil, and superstar Bobby Wagner in the NFL.
Utah State LB David Woodward recently held a pre-draft meeting over FaceTime with the #Rams.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 17, 2020
Per his roster page on the Utah State’s athletics website: “A very athletic player who has great size and runs well in pass coverage... Is a good blitzer and can cover down the field, as well... Is versatile enough to play both inside and outside linebacker.”
As a redshirt freshman, Woodward played in seven games, posting 25 total tackles with three tackles-for-loss, and a single sack. He broke out during his sophomore season to the tune of 134 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, two interceptions, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. For those efforts, he was named to the Second-Team All-Mountain West squad and was a member of the AP Third-Team All-American team. Pro Football Focus also named him one of their First-Team All-Americans on the year.
As a senior, Woodward succumbed to a season-ending injury in early November but managed to post impressive numbers in less than seven games. By the time his season ended, he had collected 93 total tackles, five tackles-for-loss, two sacks, two pass breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries with one returned for a score.
In the season opener against Wake Forest, Woodward finished with a whopping 24 total tackles, which finished as the most by a player in a single game at the FBS-level last season.