After trading down from 88 with the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams made their final selection of day two, picking linebacker Ernest Jones out of South Carolina. The Rams passed on linebackers Dylan Boses, Baron Browning, and Jabril Cox in favor of Jones.
While this pick may seem controversial and like a reach, it shouldn’t come as a total surprise. If you read my Snead’s Snacks article this week on linebackers, you’d know the Jones was a perfect fit for the Rams. He put up elite scores in the vertical and broad jump during his testing, jumping 38.5 inches in the vertical and 10.06 feet in the broad jump.
Jones also had very good college production. He led South Carolina in tackles the last two seasons. He’s also extremely lengthy with 33.375 inch arms. He’s a disciplined tackler and actually compares very well to Micah Kiser in that area. He’ll need to develop in coverage, but he can be an early contributor with a good training camp.
The end of the third round is much earlier that some anticipated for Jones and he becomes the first linebacker since Alec Ogletree to be selected before day three by Les Snead.
After day two, the Los Angeles Rams end up with wide receiver TuTu Atwell and linebacker Ernest Jones. It might not be the draft that many fans were hoping for, but the team did address two areas of need. They get a speedy wide receiver.
The Rams will have three picks in the fourth round after the trade with the San Francisco 49ers. They now pick at 117, 121, and 141 in the fourth round. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the Rams trade down from 117 or 121 and try to pick up a fifth round pick. The Rams also hold selections 209 and 252.