In the offseason, there is a lot of upheaval. Los Angeles Rams‘Secondary, Cornerback Jalen RamseyIt is the constant. This is the group's best player. However, it's also their most vocal and enthusiastic recruiter.
Ramsey took to Twitter to encourage Rams fans “to blow up” any mentions of the then-free-agent safety. Tyrann Mathieu. Ramsey signed with the despite his attempts to pursue Mathieu. New Orleans Saints.
The Rams didn't make one major move. They made many other additions to the secondary cornerback position. Darious WilliamsThe Jacksonville JaguarsIn free agency
Ramsey's trade with the Rams for a 2023 fifth-round pick was the highlight of the list. Cleveland BrownsRe-acquire cornerback Troy Hill. After last season's struggles to replace Hill, the Rams have signed Hill back with Cleveland for a $9 million two-year deal.
With seven picks available on Day 3 in the draft, the Rams used four of their choices to add South Carolina State cornerbacks. Decobie DurantIn the fourth round, UCLA safety Quentin Lake (sixth round), Georgia cornerback Derion Kendrick(sixth round), and Kansas State safety Russ Yeast (seventh round).
Les Snead, general manager of Rams, stated that DB was something they were going to strategically target. “There was a moment when we saw players that we liked still being on the board. Let's double, triple down.”
Hill's return provides the Rams with the stability and versatility they need to complement Ramsey while the Rams look at other options, including the rookies mentioned and the likes. David Long Jr., Robert Rochell, Grant HaleyAnd Tyler Hall.
Raheem Morris, Rams defensive coordinator, likes Ramsey everywhere on defense so Hill's ability of doing a bit of everything should be a plus.
Sean McVay, Rams coach, said that McVay was a man who played great football for us. “I think it's the overall production, flexibility in the position, the ability play that nickel, star position, and being able play outside. Distance, as they say makes the heart grow fonder. … He was thrilled to be able to return, and I know that the players were excited to have him back with them.
Hill had a breakout season in 2020 with the Rams. He recorded three interceptions and defended 10 passes. Hill also scored a league record three defensive touchdowns. Hill was unable to intercept any passes and only one pass was defended in 12 games with Browns.
Hill stated that he enjoyed Cleveland and the people he met there, but that he had learned that the grass was never greener on the other side of the Rams in his year away.
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Hill explained that even when I was in Cleveland I found myself always trying to compare things with how it was over here in L.A. Hill said, “I don’t know if it was me or if I was just trying to make comparisons as far as this program is winning.” [does]Or if I was missing something that was happening here.”
For the rookies, the immediate playing time will likely come in the form special teams. But each brings something to the table that the Rams could tap into, if necessary.
Snead believes, regardless of how it turns out in short-term, that making the secondary priority first in this draft will pay off in the long term.
Snead explained that he often said in draft classes that it was very similar to a mutual funds where you can bring in many players with different skill sets and genres. Once they are all there, it becomes a competitive and clearly deeper room.”