In less than a week the Rams will be playing the Arizona Cardinals, whether it was intel purposes or not they will now have a Cardinal of their own. Marqui Christian, a fifth-round pick out of Midwestern State University is a rookie Safety. He was just recently cut less than two days ago by the Cardinals and indications point to the fact that Arizona tried to sneak him on to their practice squad. Aaron Wilson reported the move here:
In response to the Cardinals possibly trying to sneak him onto the practice squad. It appears the Rams had other ideas and now Christian will be a Ram. However, what is unclear is who will be cut in wake of the waiver claim by the Rams. This move puts the Rams now at a safe depth friendly total of five Safeties, which is a lot better than their opening day total of three. It’s highly doubtful Christian will play this Sunday and it remains unclear as to what his role might be but, the Rams passed on some serious talent over the years that would have been available via waivers. Claiming Christian could be beneficial for the young Rams.
Christian doesn’t have crazy size seeing as he only stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs 196 pounds. However, the young box Safety is fast with a 40 yard time he logged in at 4.46 seconds, he can hit hard which is something Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams loves, he’s got toughness and he’s instinctive. He could be a developmental guy down the road and possibly be groomed into a special teams star. Time will tell but overall not a bad move for the Rams. In a year where the Rams had a very small amount of picks due to the trade up to no.1 to select Jared Goff. They basically just received a free draft pick this year in Christian.