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  • Nick
    2019 Draft: With 97th pick, Rams select BOBBY EVANS, OL, OKLAHOMA
    by Nick
    At the time of the pick, Evans ranked 8th on my Rams big board! Nice pick for the OL!...
    -04-26-2019, 08:14 PM
  • Nick
    With the 104th pick, LA Rams select TERRELL BURGESS, DB, UTAH
    by Nick


    Player Bio
    Burgess became a strong prospect as a senior, receiving honorable mention all-conference notice from league coaches as a 14-game starter (81 stops, 7.5 for loss, one interception, five pass breakups). Burgess was a talented high school player in the San Diego area but could only manage three starts in his first three years at Utah. He contributed in four games as a true freshman (one tackle, one pass breakup) and then in 13 games the following season (18 tackles, one for loss, one start). In 2018, he accumulated 16 tackles, three pass breakups, and a blocked kick in 14 games (two starts). His brother, Isiah Hennie, was a two-time honorable mention All-Big Sky selection as a receiver at Sacramento State.

    Analysis
    By Lance Zierlein
    NFL Analyst

    Draft Projection: Round 3
    NFL Comparison: Damarious Randall

    Overview
    Utah is known for developing defensive talent and Burgess is the latest success story to emerge from the program. The cornerback-turned-safety plays with uncommon discipline and field vision despite just a single season as full-time starter. Teams love his versatility and ability to play nickel, but matchups against speed could cause some issues. He plays with good instincts and closing burst from high safety looks but doesn't have the striking ability to concern targets working the middle. Burgess' versatility, athleticism and feel for pathways to tackles in run support could make him a valuable middle-round pick with a chance to find the field early on in a variety of roles.

    Strengths
    • Lauded by scouts, coaches and teammates for his preparation
    • Has ability to align the backend
    • Reads play development and has field awareness of a pro
    • Has tools for interchangeable safety and nickel roles
    • Disciplined with good recognition of misdirection
    • Tough for quarterbacks to manipulate in two-deep
    • Avoids rub routes and slips screen blocks in space
    • Athletic, twitchy feet with early burst to cover at nickel
    • Change of direction is sudden and efficient
    • Great poise, balance and technique as tackler
    • Takes smart angles both downhill and near the line
    • Four-phase special teams experience

    Weaknesses
    • Was a full-time starter for only one season at Utah
    • Borderline size to play down safety
    • Slender legs and thin through hips
    • A little sluggish to unlock hips when matching release
    • Won't inspire fear as a hitter in the middle of the field
    • Jump-ball battles put him at a disadvantage
    • Below-average length over the top
    • Utah helped keep him clean to roam free as a tackler
    ...
    -04-24-2020, 08:57 PM
  • Nick
    2017 NFL Draft Round 4 #125: Rams select Samson Ebukam, LB, Eastern Washington
    by Nick
    SAMSON EBUKAM
    EASTERN WASHINGTON BIG SKY

    6'3"
    HEIGHT
    240LBS.
    WEIGHT

    OVERVIEW
    Nnamaka Samson Ebukam was born in Nigeria, but learned football early on in Portland, Oregon and excelled as a high school defensive end and tight end. Ebukam contributed as a true freshman, playing 15 games as a reserve (28 tackles, four for loss, three sacks). He was a second-team All-Big Sky selection as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end in 2014 (12 TFL, 7.5 sacks) and 2015 (7.5 TFL, four sacks). Samson was a team co-captain in his senior year, garnering third-team FCS All-American honors from the Associated Press with 15 tackles for loss and a team-leading 9.5 sacks.

    ANALYSIS
    STRENGTHS Explosive athlete with a background in basketball, javelin and shot-put in high school. Triggers out of his stance with quick-twitch as a rusher. Attacks the edge with plus burst and has the desire to keep working when he gets punched and controlled early. Wowed teams with a vertical leap of 39 inches and a sub 4.5 forty yard dash at his pro day. Plays with a suddenness when crashing down the line after ball carriers. Drawn to the play like a magnet. Lauded for intelligence and work ethic. Initial quickness creates disruption in run game. Chalked up 15 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 2016. Rangy with a willingness to pursue way down the field.

    WEAKNESSES Tends to play too frenetically at times. Will need to eliminate some of the wasted motion with his flailing arms and legs. Gets overly focused on blocker in front of him and will lose sight of ball carrier. Wins with raw athleticism over technique. Better hand usage must become a priority. Gets glued to blocks for too long and can be slow to disengage. One-speed pass rusher who doesn't generate as much speed to power as hoped. Lacks the size to play through redirect blocks. Needs to develop a more nuanced rush plan with workable counter moves for next level.

    DRAFT PROJECTION Round 5

    NFL COMPARISON Bryan Braman

    BOTTOM LINE Ebukam is a driven prospect with above average intelligence who is still in the process of matching his skill to his athletic ability. He lacks desired size and power to play with his hand in the ground and will have to move to an outside linebacker spot. Ebukam has a chance to get drafted on the third day and his speed, explosiveness, and motor could make him a special teams standout while a team works to develop him as a pass rusher.
    -04-29-2017, 10:05 AM
  • Nick
    With the 199th pick, LA Rams select JORDAN FULLER, S, OHIO STATE
    by Nick


    Player Bio
    Fuller is an excellent football player and exceptional all-around student-athlete. He was a captain for the Buckeyes in 2018 and 2019. Fuller tied for the team lead with 81 tackles, 2.5 for loss, while also posting an interception and four pass breakups in 13 starts as a junior, and then garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2019 (62 tackles, two interceptions, four pass breakups in 14 starts). He also started 13 games as a sophomore (70 tackles, three for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups). The 2015 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year helped his high school win its first state title in 30 years and then stepped onto the field to contribute in all 13 games in 2016 (11 tackles). Fuller was a first-team Academic All-American in 2017 and created a seminar to educate Ohio State student-athletes on sexual assault, sexual violence and healthy relationships. His brother, Devin, played receiver at UCLA. His mother, Cindy Mizelle, is a singer who has performed with Luther Vandross, Bruce Springsteen and many others. The comedian Sinbad is married to Fuller's paternal aunt.

    Analysis
    By Lance Zierlein
    NFL Analyst

    Draft Projection: Round 7/Priority free agent

    Overview
    After watching his coverage struggles in 2018, it felt like Ohio State was trying to hide him as a single-high safety in its scheme. With that said, Fuller actually stepped up and had a bounce-back season protecting against chunk passing plays and supporting the run. He doesn't have the range to play single-high in the pros and is a little thin as a box safety. He doesn't lack football intelligence or toughness, but the traits and instincts fail to stand out. Fuller could compete for a backup role as a split-safety with the potential to match up with tight ends.

    Strengths
    • Able to line up and cover tight ends
    • Hurries downhill to cut off angles and limit explosive runs
    • Agility to make quick alterations to pursuit angles
    • Reactive athleticism and length to wrangle cutbacks across his face
    • Finds his fits when playing near the line of scrimmage
    • Maintains depth integrity from high safety
    • Can track and attack downfield
    • Has leadership traits on and off the field

    Weaknesses
    • Doesn't have ideal traits for either safety spot
    • Heavy legged backpedal
    • Lacks desired range and long speed as free safety
    • Quarterbacks manipulate him out of position with glances
    • Long gather-and-drive phase from the top of his drop
    • Gets lost at route stems in space
    • Showed his issues with man coverage duties in 2018
    • Needs to run through tackle attempts
    ...
    -04-25-2020, 01:34 PM
  • Nick
    With the 84th pick, LA Rams select TERRELL LEWIS, LB, ALABAMA
    by Nick


    Player Bio

    Lewis had some bad luck with injuries during his career at Alabama but finished strong. He was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2019 after racking up 31 tackles, 11.5 for loss, six sacks and two pass breakups in 11 games (three starts). The former five-star recruit and Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year at St. John's High School played in 11 games as a true freshman (11 tackles, one sack). Going into the 2017 season, he changed his last name from Hall to Lewis for undisclosed reasons. That fall, he played in four games with one start (16 tackles, two for loss, one sack) because he missed 10 contests with an upper arm injury. Lewis' bad luck continued as he underwent surgery for a torn right ACL in the summer of 2018, resulting in a lost redshirt season.

    Analysis
    By Lance Zierlein
    NFL Analyst

    Draft Projection: Rounds 5-6

    NFL Comparison: Andre Branch

    Overview
    The evaluation requires both projection and a small leap of faith due to durability concerns after he missed most of two full seasons. He needs to fill out his long, athletic build with more girth and muscle to help set stronger edges and hold his ground against downhill rushing attacks. He's played in just 26 games, so he's less technically sound than most Alabama defenders at this stage, but he was still productive and showed growth as a player in-season. With more coaching and development as a rusher, he should be able to pair traits with skill to become a future NFL starter, provided his health issues are in the past.

    Strengths
    • Long-limbed, athletic frame that should keep filling out
    • Exciting physical and athletic traits to work with
    • Keeps eyes on the football through the block
    • Plays with above-average football awareness
    • Ability to stab a blocker's frame with length whenever he wants
    • Strides eat up ground quickly on the way to the football
    • Flashed considerable upside potential
    • Slaps and clears the blocker's post on effective inside moves
    • Spin move went from basic to dangerous by Tennessee game
    • Ability to build momentum as downhill rusher

    Weaknesses
    • Major injuries wiped out most of 2017 and all of 2018
    • High-cut frame (long legs, shorter torso)
    • Lacks anchor to set and hold a strong edge at the point of attack
    • Upper-body strength needs work
    • Average explosiveness up to the rush arc
    • Not a natural bender to play under redirects at the top of the rush
    • Opponent's power stalls pass-rush intentions
    • Activation of rush counters not yet instinctive
    • Needs to improve and empower his hands
    • Balance and technique are below par as tackler
    ...
    -04-24-2020, 07:49 PM
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