Despite a number of new faces on the Rams defense in 2020, the unit was able to overcome some expected hardships to become the best defense in all of football. It didn’t matter that they had a rookie on the back end and several former late round picks playing cornerback alongside Jalen Ramsey. The defense showed up and showed out.
In his latest piece over at Bleacher Report, author Kristopher Knox highlighted rookie safety Jordan Fuller as the team’s biggest potential breakout player for 2021 after he recorded 60 total tackles, three interceptions, and five pass breakups in his first NFL season.
“Aaron Donald is just one member of a star-laden Los Angeles Rams defense that also includes Jalen Ramsey, Michael Brockers and Leonard Floyd. Because of those stars, rookie safety Jordan Fuller was overshadowed in 2020.”
“Make no mistake, though, Fuller is a rising star himself. The sixth-round pick out of Ohio State started all 12 games in which he appeared and provided plenty of playmaking punch to the secondary. With a season of experience under his belt, Fuller could join Donald and Ramsey as a Pro Bowler in 2021.”
THE ROOKIE OUT OF OHIO STATE— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) November 24, 2020
The Rams may end up losing a few key players from this past season in free agency, but they struck enough gold with Fuller and a number of other young players in recent drafts that the turnover shouldn’t be too detrimental as they turn their eyes towards the draft and the 2021 season.
Now for today’s links.
The top takeaways from Les Snead’s end-of-season press conference (TheRams.com)
Lack of continuity will hurt the Rams (Ramblin’ Fan)
Les Snead would not commit to Jared Goff in 2021 (The Rams Wire)
Andrew Whitworth says he’s coming back in 2021 (The Rams Wire)
What-if scenarios for the draft’s top-10 picks (ESPN)
2021 NFL mock draft (CBS Sports)
Daniel Jeremiah’s top-50 draft prospects (NFL.com)
Top six landing spots for Matthew Stafford (NFL.com)
Mike Mayock approves of Derek Carr’s 2020 season (Pro Football Talk)