Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger will be one of the more interesting prospects to enter the NFL this year, if for no other reason than he went to a school called Lenoir-Rhyne and he’s actually a day two NFL prospect. That doesn’t usually happen without extraordinary circumstances — Lenoir-Rhyne hasn’t had a player drafted since 2000 — and Dugger’s is mostly that he was just way, way better than his competition. He didn’t belong at division II necessarily, but he could belong in the NFL.
And for ProFootballFocus, they think he might best belong with the LA Rams.
In their 3-round mock draft this week, PFF was able to make four selections for the Rams, Dugger being the second of those and was listed at linebacker. In either case, linebacker, safety, or even other, Dugger may be able to help Brandon Staley’s defense early in his career. And if you were hoping for a enter like Matt Hennessy, don’t worry ...
He came later in the draft. Here are the Rams four picks:
52. LOS ANGELES RAMS — T BEN BARTCH, ST. JOHNS
57. LOS ANGELES RAMS (FROM HOUSTON) — LB KYLE DUGGER, LENOIR-RHYNE
84. LOS ANGELES RAMS — LB AKEEM DAVIS-GAITHER, APP STATE
104. LOS ANGELES RAMS — C MATT HENNESSY, TEMPLE
In this scenario, Les Snead gets a tackle at 52, Dugger at 57, another “small school” linebacker at 84, and Hennessy at 104. In fact, all four of these colleges, including St. Johns, Appalachian State, and Temple, are of course far from the paths of the NCAA elite. But that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t become the next stars in LA.
How would you feel?
How adequately did the Rams fill their needs with quality prospects in the PFF draft?
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