The top-heavy Los Angeles Rams attempted to fill out their roster throughout the course of the 2023 NFL Draft. The Rams made a draft-high 14 total selections. At the conclusion, general manager Les Snead then signed a league-high 26 undrafted free agents. That’s an astounding total of 40 rookies that are joining the Rams this summer.
Several undrafted free agents are likely to make the Rams’ 53-man roster as a result. Former Florida safety Rashad Torrence II is the standout among the group. Torrence could play himself into a significant year-one role.
Torrence was productive for the Gators throughout the 2022 college football season. Torrence recorded 87 tackles, three interceptions, and 3.5 tackles for loss. Torrence entered the draft following a career-best season. Capturing that sort of production in the SEC proved Torrence deserved an opportunity at the next level.
Torrence was a versatile playmaker at Florida, lining up at several different positions. He especially thrived when playing as a deep safety. Seeing the offensive action develop from a bird’s-eye view allowed Torrence to come downhill and make a bunch of tackles in the box. Football IQ and play recognition led to three interceptions for Torrence. He flashed terrific eye discipline when playing zone coverage. He also proved capable of covering tight ends in man-coverage scenarios.
Torrence isn’t an elite athlete, but he does have some exciting measurables. Torrence possesses 63rd-percentile 32-inch arms and 89th-percentile 10-inch hands. A 4.72 result in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine was disappointing, but Torrence’s natural strength was on display via 20 bench press reps.
In Raheem Morris’ defense, Torrence best projects to play near the line of scrimmage due to his limited athletic profile. It’s a role Torrence can carve a successful career out of. Write off Torrence at your own peril.
The Rams have completely revamped their secondary this offseason with sweeping changes occurring at safety. Nick Scott led all Rams safeties in snaps last season with 984. Scott’s play was lackluster, and he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in unrestricted free agency.
Scott’s premier running mate was Taylor Rapp, who signed with the Buffalo Bills earlier this summer. Between Scott and Rapp, the Rams are tasked with replacing an astounding 1,961 snaps. The Rams also traded the position-less Jalen Ramsey to the Miami Dolphins. The secondary is now completely unrecognizable.
The Rams’ current depth chart indicates Jordan Fuller and Russ Yeast are slated to start at safety. Fuller is a third-year sixth-round pick who played less than 100 defensive snaps last season. Yeast is a sophomore seventh-round selection who earned a coverage grade of 47.1 from Pro Football Focus in 2022, albeit via a small sample size (72 coverage snaps).
There are other unknown commodities in the mix such as Quentin Lake, rookie seventh-rounder Jason Taylor II, and former Georgia safety Richard LeCounte III. The Rams’ depth chart is completely barren of proven talent at the safety position. It’s headed for an equal-opportunity summer with a may-the-best-man-win approach. Torrence possesses an opportunity to start for the Rams this season.
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