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2021 Todd McShay mock draft: Rams take an inside linebacker in round 2

Who should LA choose at 57?

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I have noticed that center and inside linebacker are the two needs for the LA Rams that Turf Show Times fans commenters/poll voters want addressed first. How often will your wishes be addressed by Les Snead? That is another question to reckon with, but ultimately it comes down to how the board falls and that is ridiculously unpredictable.

Especially when you’re all the way down there at 57.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay assuaged those fan requests for an inside linebacker, placing North Carolina inside linebacker Chazz Surratt to the Rams in the second round. McShay praised Surratt for his ability to cover the field and knowing which part of the field he should be in at what time:

57. Los Angeles Rams

Chazz Surratt, ILB, North Carolina

The Rams are also without a first-rounder, but they do at least have a pair of third-rounders coming shortly after this pick. Cap space was a little tight this offseason, but L.A. re-signed Leonard Floyd. Still, the Rams could really use a weakside linebacker, and Surratt has sideline-to-sideline range and natural instincts.

Surratt is 6’2, 228 lbs, and he drew interest as a dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school, even sitting behind Mitchell Trubisky to begin his career with the Tar Heels. But Surratt moved to the other side of the ball and is now viewed as a day two prospect at linebacker. He ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day and led UNC in tackles in each of the last two seasons.

Here is Ferragamo’s must-read fanpost on Chazz Surratt.