Atwell is undersized for the position, weighing in at only 5-foot-9 and 155 pounds. But he’s a speedster and a big-play weapon. He scored 21 total touchdowns in three seasons at Louisville, averaging 16.6 yards per reception for the Cardinals.
Wednesday, Atwell made his first appearance at training camp after coming off the reserve COVID-19 list.
Two picks after Atwell was taken by the Rams, the Carolina Panthers selected WR Terrace Marshall Jr. from LSU. Many projected Marshall to go ahead of Atwell but the Rams passed in favor or the Louisville product.
Wednesday, PFF posted 10 rookies to watch in the preseason. Three of them are WRs and Tutu is not one of them. Marshall is.
Marshall provides a different kind of target for Sam Darnold who could be huge for the team, especially in the red zone. With a 6-foot-3, 200-plus pound body, Marshall has extensive experience in the slot in college, with almost exactly half of his 835 snaps in the pass game coming from an inside alignment. Working the middle of the field, Marshall was an exceptional red-zone target at LSU — 23 of his 106 career receptions went for TDs.
Without having to make any type of draft day trade, the Rams could’ve picked Marshall instead of Atwell. Should they have?
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