Round 3, Pick 69: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army
For a team in the Los Angeles Rams that has Aaron Donald, I find the lack of pass rush disturbing. Losing Floyd on the edge hurts. There is legitimately no one who can make an impact right now on the roster. If the Rams want to triple or quadruple down at the position, it makes sense. Here though, they’re looking at a high upside pass rusher in Andre Carter.
Carter’s got the first step explosiveness to threaten the outside arc and generate pressure. He can work out of a two-point stance and a three-point stance, generating good explosion with limited false steps. He can dip and rip to flatten this path to the quarterback, and has the change of direction skill set to win with inside moves. His spin move is improving, he’s got a strong ghost move, and has the cross-chop and speed to power to boot. When he drops in coverage, he has the fluid hips to change direction and looks comfortable doing so.
Carter lacks power at the point of attack, which limits his rookie usage to passing downs only. He can definitely add to his frame, but he has to improve his anchor and his hand placement to be a successful every down player.
Round 3, Pick 77: Blake Freeland, OT, BYU
Tackle is another area of need for the Los Angeles Rams, and it’s a class that features some potential starters in the middle rounds. BYU’s Blake Freeland is one of those players. Freeland is a taller player with impressive athleticism and footwork as a pass protector. He can hang in the zone run game as well. Freeland’s issues stem from bad stance and positioning at the snap, and a tendency to get stuck when he sets too wide. He dips at contact a lot as well. There’s projection, but the upside is quite high.