Wednesday, September 28, 2022

6 safeties Rams should watch at 2022 NFL combine

The Rams will have their full crop of safeties back in 2022, with Jordan Fuller, Taylor Rapp and Nick Scott all returning. Eric Weddle obviously won’t be back after only joining the Rams for their playoff run, but the starters from the regular season are still under contract.

That doesn’t mean Los Angeles should ignore the position in the draft. There’s mid-round talent to be had and it doesn’t hurt to get ahead of things with Scott and Rapp both scheduled to become free agents in 2023.

Here are six safeties the Rams should watch at the combine this week.

6 safeties Rams should watch at 2022 NFL combine

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Cross is a physical player who loves to hit, bringing some toughness to whichever defense he joins. He has a knack for creating turnovers, too, picking off five passes and forcing three fumbles in 27 career games at Maryland. He has the athleticism to hang with tight ends in coverage, as well as the size to match up with them physically. Cross does a nice job patrolling the deep part of the field, too, and should fit well as a single-high safety or one in a split zone like the Rams run so often.

6 safeties Rams should watch at 2022 NFL combine

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Anderson isn’t going to be a centerfield safety at the next level and fits best as a box defender with his 6-foot-1, 204-pound frame. The Rams run a lot of two-high looks so Anderson may not fit best in that regard, but he can excel as a sub-package linebacker, similar to the way Taylor Rapp is used when Nick Scott and Jordan Fuller are the deep safeties. His long speed and short-area quickness will be watched closely at the combine.

6 safeties Rams should watch at 2022 NFL combine

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Thomas is in a similar mold as Anderson, projecting best as a box safety who can help against the run. He’s an explosive player with good speed, also bringing special teams value as a kick returner; he returned two kicks for touchdowns as a freshman in 2018, averaging 25.3 yards per return on 24 attempts. He totaled 210 tackles and four interceptions in his career, finishing with a career-high 76 tackles (five for a loss) in 2021.

6 safeties Rams should watch at 2022 NFL combine

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Carter is going to make his money in the NFL as a box safety and hybrid linebacker. He’s a hard hitter who loves to stick his nose in the action, but he’s very limited in coverage. The Rams would need to use him near the line of scrimmage as a dime linebacker, which is a role they could actually afford to add depth at with Rapp hitting free agency next offseason. As a mid-to-late-round pick, Carter could make sense for Los Angeles – if he tests well enough in Indianapolis and doesn’t run something in the 4.7s.

6 safeties Rams should watch at 2022 NFL combine

At 6-foot-3 and 199 pounds, Monday has prototypical size at safety, but he doesn’t have the speed to hold up as a deep defender. He’ll need to remain near the line of scrimmage as a box defender and dime linebacker, but that role can still carry value when it comes to defending the run and matching up with tight ends. He’s a violent hitter who does have to improve his wrap-up technique a little bit, but as an enforcer in the middle of the defence, Monday can make an impact if the Rams take a chance on him in the third or fourth round.

6 safeties Rams should watch at 2022 NFL combine

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Joseph is a great defender against the pass, mostly playing as a deep-middle safety for Illinois. He picked off five passes last season and made 57 total tackles, but as impressive as those numbers are, it was really his only season of production in college. There will be concerns about his lack of physicality but as a centerfield safety with good range, he doesn’t need to be a guy who comes down in the box and blows up ball carriers.

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