All signs point to John Johnson III leaving in free agency this offseason. While I do think the Rams will make a push, teams may end up simply out-bidding them. If that happens, the Rams will be in the market for a new safety. Jordan Fuller and Terrell Burgess had moments last year and Nick Scott and Taylor Rapp are good depth, but the safety position is arguably the most important position on defense. In this post Super Bowl Rams mock draft, I take a look at who the Rams could replace John Johnson III with.
Super Bowl LV just took place, meaning that the offseason has essentially started. The new league year doesn’t start until March 1, but teams are hard at work. Here’s an updated post Super Bowl Rams Mock Draft.
57th Overall – S Jevon Holland, Oregon
As mentioned, the Rams are going to need to replace John Johnson III. Jevon Holland from Oregon would be a great option to do so. He sat out the 2020 season due to COVID, but heading into the year, he was considered one of the best safety prospects in the draft.
Oregon sophomore safety Jevon Holland is a dude. Sees the reverse on the speed option all day, swims the block, and fires up for the TFL. Going to be a fun 2021 NFL Draft eval. pic.twitter.com/jLWLcD3CHC
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) January 2, 2020
Holland is someone that can line up in the slot or back at safety. The Rams are going to miss Johnson’s communication on the back end and Holland brings that as well.
100th Overall – EDGE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
Even if the Rams bring back Leonard Floyd, they’re going to need to bring in another edge. Terrell Lewis has an injury history and the Rams are going to need someone who can at the very least rotate in if not start.
Easy sack for Ronnie Perkins but really like how quickly he closes to the QB as he runs the arc pic.twitter.com/FhB3daQM4W
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) June 13, 2020
He has a good combination of speed and power. He also plays well against the run and pass. Perkins needs to develop some more variety in his pass-rushing moves, but for a 100th overall selection, the Rams get some potential here.
103rd Overall – iOL David Moore, Grambling State
David Moore had arguably the most impressive week at the Senior Bowl. He rose his draft stock from a day three selection to someone who could go late on day two. He can play at both guard and center. I missed out on Creed Humphrey earlier in the draft and am not the biggest fan of Landon Dickerson. Moore is a great plan B.
Senior Bowl biggest risers:
– David Moore, IOL, Grambling State
He played guard at Grambling but took some reps at center. He can really shut down the rush and he's athletic in the open field. His upside is massive. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/JA6WRQao0f
— Luca Sartirana (@SartiranaLuca) January 29, 2021
Moore has good power and is aggressive in the trenches. He’s also athletic and fast enough to pull in the run and screen game. Moore may not start right away, but he’s someone that by year two could be a solid piece on the offensive line.
138th Overall – CB Tre Brown, Oklahoma
If the Rams let Troy Hill walk, they are going to need depth at the cornerback position. Darious Williams should be back and will be paired with Jalen Ramsey on the outside. However, David Long hasn’t developed as some had hoped and there isn’t a lot behind him either.
— Lorenz (@lorenzz14) January 28, 2021
Brown is sticky in coverage and is someone that the Rams could take on day three and develop him into a starting caliber cornerback. At the very least he provides depth which is what the Rams need.
205th Overall – LB KJ Britt, Auburn
At every selection I looked for a linebacker and just didn’t see one that I liked taking at that spot. Dylan Moses, Baron Browning, and Chazz Surratt were all gone at 57. Jabril Cox was gone before I could pick in the third round. By the time 205 came around, Britt was the only guy worth drafting.
Auburn LB KJ Britt is a thumper. Puts his whole body into this hit to force a fumble. pic.twitter.com/DxXNpsTD6x
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) May 17, 2020
Britt isn’t someone who is going to start right away, but he adds special teams value and someone who can develop into a starter. Troy Reeder played well this season as well as Micah Kiser. Travin Howard also comes back from injury. A linebacker early is a popular choice, but the Rams have serviceable players in place.
249th Overall – WR Marquez Stevenson, Louisville
Again, vertical threat wide receivers that I would have liked to take were taken before my selections in each round. Demetric Felton, Amari Rodgers, Josh Palmer, and others just didn’t make it to where I thought it would be worth taking them. Stevenson isn’t a bad backup plan though.
I'm sure everyone knows this by now, but Marquez Stevenson is FAST. pic.twitter.com/UVrxtNgkI3
— Alex Simpson (@Alex2TheSimpson) July 26, 2020
Stevenson adds value as a returner and he brings speed to the receiver position on the outside that the Rams need. He’s not necessarily going to be that WR2A/B that Rams fans want, but he’s someone that can develop, add value on special teams, and be brought in for certain offensive packages.