The defense was the theme of the Rams’ Round 3 draft after offensive selections with both Round 2 picks. New Rams Defensive Coordinator Brandon Staley should be thrilled with his new Round 3 additions, especially considering their value.
Round 3, Pick 84: Terrell Lewis, OLB Alabama
This could potentially be the steal of the entire draft if Lewis can stay healthy. Lewis was incredible at Alabama when he was available, but injuries are a major concern. He missed most of two full seasons due to various injuries but has true first-round talent. If healthy, he should be the immediate replacement for Dante Fowler, opposite Leonard Floyd. This new-look Rams defense could be a lot of fun, especially with some of the players available in Rounds 4-7.
Round 3, Pick 104: Terrell Burgess, S Utah
I can’t believe Burgess fell to pick 104. Some had him graded as high as top-25 overall in this class. This is the kind of draft steal that can allow earlier luxury picks like Akers to be alright. Burgess provides necessary depth in the secondary that the Rams desperately need. He projects as a slot corner at the NFL level, but can also play safety and is an immediate plug-and-play replacement for the departed Nickell Robey-Coleman. He joins Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, John Johnson, and Taylor Rapp in a Rams secondary that suddenly looks a lot more promising than it did near the end of the 2019 season.
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