With Cory Littleton now off to the Las Vegas Raiders, among other moves, the Rams have a pretty sizable hole to fill at the linebacker position.
Fortunately, there are some pretty good ones to choose from, even with the Rams not holding a first-round pick. Let’s check out some of those potential selections that could slide into an inside LB role.
Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
At this point, you can’t even call Davis-Gaither a sleeper prospect because just about everyone has started falling in love with the potential of Davis-Gaither in the NFL, both inside and outside.
The 6’1″, 224-pound linebacker was a huge reason for Appalachian State’s breakout season in 2019, finishing ranked in the top 25 and nearly claiming a spot in the Cotton Bowl as the Group of Five representative.
If he is still on the board at pick number 84, the Rams would be wise to think long and hard about the Sun Belt Player of the Year, who recorded 104 tackles in 2019 and has drawn comparisons to Lavonte David.
Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
At 6’1″ and 245 pounds, Brooks is a tackling machine. He recorded 108 tackles as a senior and 360 total tackles during his career at Texas Tech. There are a lot of tackles to be had with Cory Littleton in Las Vegas and Eric Weddle retired. That’s a combined 242 tackles left behind.
Brooks does need to work on his pass coverage, but would be a strong early-down linebacker to start for the Rams.
Malik Harrison, Ohio State
When a top draft analyst like Lance Zierlein of NFL Network compares you to K.J. Wright of the Seattle Seahawks, you know you are one quality linebacker prospect. Harrison can jump in the middle of a defense and the Rams will need some strong play in the middle.
They did just sign Leonard Floyd, but still need a boost and perhaps a player that caliber of Harrison would provide that boost.
Logan Wilson, Wyoming
Similar to Harrison, Wilson can be a thumper in the run game. Like Brooks, Wilson was a tackling machine in college, with 409 tackles in four seasons and no season with fewer with 94 tackles and that was his freshman season.
Wilson will likely be available on day three, though the Rams wouldn’t be faulted for taking him with one of their picks in round three.
David Woodward, Utah State
If the Rams decide to wait on linebacker, an intriguing late-round option could be one of Jordan Love’s college teammates in David Woodward, who has a 134-tackle season to his credit in 2018 to go with 12.5 tackles for a loss. He would be a very good special-teamer early on and is solid in the run game.
Medicals are certainly a concern as Woodward has suffered broken vertebrae in high school, a number of concussions and other injuries.