What separates the good teams from the great teams in the NFL is their ability to build a competitive, consistently successful roster without paying a premium in the process. Another way of saying this is that it’s a massive help to the team’s longevity should they be able to find instant-impact players — or “gems” — in the draft during the mid to late rounds.
According to Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox, the Rams’ “surprise rookie gem” is predicted to be massive defensive tackle, Bobby Brown III.
“The Los Angeles Rams didn’t need a ton of defensive help after ranking first in both yards and points allowed in 2020,” says Knox. “However, they still used three of their five draft selections on that side of the ball. Fourth-round pick Bobby Brown III could be the biggest surprise of the group.”
“A powerful 6’4”, 321-pound defender, Brown possesses a surprising amount of burst for a player his size. He can eat up space at the point of attack, but he can also penetrate the backfield and disrupt runs and passes before they start. In nine games last season, he logged 5.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss to go with 22 total tackles.”
“Brown could be a real gem for the L.A. defense as a rotational player alongside or spelling star Aaron Donald. Brown can keep up the interior pressure on the rare occasions when Donald goes to the sideline. He can create even more havoc with Donald regularly commanding double-teams.”
It’s easy to predict success for a player who was named to the First-Team All-Conference team in SEC last year, far-and-away the toughest conference in the country. The other first-team tackle was Christian Barmore, a second-round pick of the Patriots, so you know he was in good company.
Brown showed major flashes at Texas A&M while also having some questionable effort on occasion. But like most said prior to the draft, if he’s able to put it all together consistently, he could be a major get in this class.
Now for today’s links.
Breaking down the San Francisco 49ers (TheRams.com)
Johnny Hekker and Matt Gay spoke to the media (TheRams.com)
Rams sign rookie Bobby Brown III to his rookie contract (The Rams Wire)
The Rams are confident that they’ll host joint practices in August (Ramblin’ Fan)
Which NFL team had the worst offseason? (ESPN+)
The USFL will launch again in 2022 (ESPN)
Who are the NFL’s most-indispensable players? (CBS Sports)
Seven free agents we can’t believe haven’t found a home yet (Bleacher Report)
The Eagles agreed to terms with their first-round pick, DeVonta Smith (NFL.com)
Bruce Arians asked Tom Brady to scout wide receivers in the 2021 draft (NFL.com)