The dust has settled on the NFL Combine, which ended a couple of weeks ago. Still, teams like the Los Angeles Rams will use combine performances to further evaluate potential draft fits via individual workouts and Pro Days
L.A. will have to do extensive loads of homework as their first draft pick does not occur until the second-round. Here are some players that the Rams and you should know.
Obi Melifonwu, Safety
Obi Melifonwu registered a killer NFL Combine. His combination of size, speed and leaping ability make him one of the best athletes in the NFL Draft.
More importantly, Melifonwu was an extremely productive player at UCONN. He registered 8 interceptions and 349 tackles during his four years as a starting safety for the Huskies.
The Rams are not expected to bring back safety T.J. McDonald so there is a definitely a need for L.A. to find a replacement. Melifonwu has the size and speed to play either safety positions. He could be an absolute steal for the Rams at the top of the second round.
Zay Jones, Receiver
Zay Jones might not be the biggest name in the NFL Draft, but he might become the most productive.
Jones registered 158 catches for 1,746 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season. His 399 career catches also set a NCAA record. Not to mention, his father played linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys. His uncle played quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and his brother was a receiver at Texas and Arizona.
Besides a great football pedigree, Jones put together a solid NFL combine. His hands were a little small, but he ran and jumped well. He also has good size for the receiver position. Jones’ biggest question mark is his experience playing at a small school like Eastern Carolina.
Regardless, he also helped himself by standing out at the Senior Bowl. Jones may not be available when the Rams go on the clock in the second round. However, the Rams should not hesitate on drafting Jones. He could develop into Jared Goff‘s No. 1 receiver.
Adoree Jackson, Corner
Adoree Jackson would instantly become a Rams’ fan favorite. He played three seasons at the Memorial Coliseum as a member of the USC Trojans. Jackson could play one more season there before becoming a Rams’ star in Inglewood.
Either way, the Rams have a need at a corner. Trumaine Johnson got a franchise tender again, so there is no guarantee he has a long-term future in L.A. Outside of Johnson, the Rams’ corners are variables.
Jackson has the speed profile to be a man corner on the Rams defense. He could instantly become a decent slot option if he can improve his tackling. Otherwise, Jackson also adds value in the return game. The second round might be too high for Jackson, but Jackson perfect in Los Angeles.
Will the Rams select Zay Jones, Adoree Jackson or Obi Melifonwu? Stay tuned to April’s NFL Draft to find out.