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Small school prospects that could do double duty for Les Snead

By Venie Randy Soares | Turf Show Times | Photo by Justin Fine/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Small school prospects that could do double duty for Les Snead

In one month, approximately 900 young football players will sign professional football contracts and get their big chance to earn a role in the NFL. It’s THE big day for aspiring prospects, the Los Angeles Rams scouting department, and of course, fans.

There are as many draft strategies as there are teams and it doesn’t matter if you draft for positional needs, best player available, athleticism, production or any combination thereof. Every team will have to stock their training camp rosters with at least 20 fledgling defensive backs and most teams deciding on 10 or 12 for the final squad.

Competition will be ferocious and versatility may end up being the deciding factor between a final roster spot and and the practice squad. Under Sean McVay and Les Snead, the Rams have favored versatility throughout the entire team. Players on both sides of the ball are cross-trained at multiple positions to embed scheme and situational adaptability.

Behind Jalen Ramsey, the Rams cornerback room is unproven. David Long and Robert Rochell are players that have real upsides but lack game experience. Long played well in Super Bowl, but has had his ups-and-downs and Rochell, a small school draftee in 2021, needs NFL seasoning. Kareem Orr, Tyler Hall, and Grant Haley have all bounced around the league and provide support on special teams.

With that being said, the Rams could, and probably should, use pick #104 on a cornerback. If they don’t decide to go that way, it’s a deep 2022 cornerback class and there will still be value available in the mid/late rounds and undrafted ranks. Today we’ll look at some prospects that will most likely go undrafted, but have the coverage skills to play cornerback and the size/physicality to move to safety. For small school prospects, getting noticed before the NFL Draft is only the first hurdle, next comes stepping up and seizing the opportunity.

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