Dakota Allen Jersey

The Rams took a recognizable name with their final pick of the draft in linebacker Dakota Allen.

Allen spent the majority of his college career as a member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but his path to the NFL took a detour ahead of his sophomore season, landing the newest member of the Rams on the Netflix original series ‘Last Chance U’.Dakota Allen is now a Ram!! Congratulations to the former Lion, just drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2019 NFL Draft!!

The Los Angeles Rams made the somewhat unsurprising decision to release veteran linebacker Mark Barron this offseason. It was purely a financial move, as the Rams were open to bringing him back at a lower price, but the Steelers inked him to a two-year deal.

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They signed Clay Matthews and have Micah Kiser on the roster already, but they hardly addressed the void Barron left with full force. Instead, it’ll be a cast of players trying to replace him at inside linebacker.

Dakota Allen, the Rams’ seventh-round pick and their last selection in the draft, will be among those trying to earn the starting job. He’ll play special teams initially, but with his work ethic, he might just surprise some people and get the job next to Cory Littleton.

“Rams fans, y’all will get a very hard worker,” he said. “Y’all won’t find anyone who works as hard as me. I will be a great locker room guy and I’m just going to take it day by day and be as coachable as I can and hopefully I can have a long-lasting career as an L.A. Ram.”

Allen has a checkered past after being dismissed from Texas Tech for a home burglary. He landed at East Mississippi Community College, the focus of Netflix’s hit show “Last Chance U.” Allen was a star of the show and was immediately recognized by fans when he was selected 251st overall.

Dakota Allen was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round last weekend. However, he likely would’ve been selected earlier if not for a mistake he made three years ago.

Back in 2016, he was arrested on a second-degree felony count of burglary when he and two others broke into a house and stole two cameras, a TV and a safe that contained seven guns. He was dismissed from Texas Tech and left with few options when it came to playing football.

He enrolled at East Mississippi Community College where he would be able to continue his football career in hopes of one day making it to the NFL. But before going to EMCC, he thought he’d never play football again.

“Oh, yeah. Absolutely,” Allen told reporters after the draft when asked if he thought his football career was over. “When I first left Texas Tech, I thought I was never going to play football again. That’s why I was so grateful and thankful for the opportunity that East Mississippi provided me. Then once I got that opportunity, I just took it and ran with it. I honestly can’t believe I’m an L.A. Ram.”

The living room of Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen’s childhood home in Humble is a short walk from the backyard where his father first put a football in his hands.

A mantle near the home office of his father, former University of Texas running back Keith Allen, contains several framed photographs of the younger Allen. They are a reminder of the past and the potential held by the former Summer Creek star.Allen returned to Texas Tech where Kliff Kingsbury gave him another opportunity. He was a captain both years after going back to the Red Raiders and made 162 total tackles, playing 23 games from 2017-18.

At the combine and in interviews with teams, he was understandably and predictably asked about the incident in 2016.

“Normally when I talked about it, I was just open and honest, and I told them what I learned from it,” Allen said. “Their reaction to it was, ‘Everybody makes mistakes. As long as you learn from it, as long as you grow from it, and as you long as you don’t make the same mistake twice.’ So, that’s the most reaction I got.”

Nicholas Scott Jersey

From there, Countess spent two additional seasons with the club, splitting time between cornerback and safety as a flex reserve off the bench. Though he never quite made it into the starting lineup with much regularity, starting four games over 37 appearances, the Rams valued his contributions enough to offer him a $2 million tender to remain with the team in 2019 as a restricted free agent.

However, after the draft, his standings quickly changed.

After selecting two safeties, Taylor Rapp and Nicholas Scott in the 2019 NFL Draft, drafting John Johnson in 2018, and signing Eric Weddle in free agency, the Rams’ brass asked Countess to take a pay cut to remain on the roster moving forward; a proposition he declined according to Ian Rapoport.

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Was the move initially panned? Sure, many didn’t have Countess as a draftable player coming out of college, including NFL.com contributor Lance Zierlein , who gave him a ‘Back end of the roster‘ grade, but after trading away incumbent starter Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins and only replacing him with Jim Schwartz lifers Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks, the team was in need of cornerback help badly.

Though some initially pondered which player would make the team, as Mills had issues both off the field and with measurables, the LSU product clearly won out and has remained a starter on the team to this day.

Countess, on the other hand, was offered a spot on the practice squad after initially being waived in the trim down to 53, but he declined; instead heading west to join the Los Angeles Rams, where he was elevated to the active roster on November 18, 2016.

Now granted, as mentioned in the above tweet, Countess could return to LA if he clears waivers and agrees to a lower contract, but after failing to select a safety in the 2019 NFL Draft, Howie Roseman shouldn’t let that happen.

While one could argue who has a higher upside between Countess or 2018 fourth-round pick Avonte Maddox, another pint-sized college corner turned safety, it’s clear having both players on the roster behind all-world utility man Malcolm Jenkins and the oft-injured Rodney McLeod would give the team more depth and optionality than just sticking with what they already have.

Detroit resident Nicholas Scott told The Daily prior to the event Yang is his first choice in this election cycle.

“He’s the only candidate with a lot of policy positions I absolutely agree with and even some policy positions I don’t even know about, and I hear him talk about (them) and I think ‘Of course,’” Scott said. “The other day, I saw his appearance on something and they asked him about pennies and how he wants to get rid of the penny because it’s bad for the environment and worthless. I never thought about the penny and I thought ‘Jesus, we need to make this man president.’”

Scott said climate change is always his primary concern, but Yang’s policy proposal of Universal Basic Income, which would give Americans over the age of 18 years old $1,000 per month, has become an important policy idea for him.

“Climate change is number one, always,” Scott said. “After that, maybe UBI. UBI fixes so much about welfare, and it’s politically popular on both sides of the aisle which is incredible for a welfare safety net program.”

Paul Bartlett, founder of Yang’s Metro Detroit campaign office, introduced Yang to the crowd. He got involved with Yang’s campaign after listening to a podcast Yang was featured on. He said he was amazed by the number of policy ideas he found on Yang’s website.

David Edwards Jersey

The Los Angeles Rams came away with some great value in the 2019 NFL draft, adding players who will contribute as rookies and eventually become starters in 2020. They did so by moving up and down the board, striking six trades in Nashville.

Taylor Rapp, who they took with the 61st overall pick, looks like a steal, considering the Rams would have been “comfortable” taking him at No. 31. David Long seems like a great value at No. 79 overall, bolstering the secondary with a future starter at cornerback.

However, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling doesn’t see either player as the team’s biggest steal. Instead, that honor goes to offensive tackle David Edwards, who they drafted with the 169th overall pick in the fifth round.

Edwards only played right tackle in college, but the Rams will try him there, as well as left guard, right guard and left tackle. He’ll be cross-trained by offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, as just about every young O-lineman is with the Rams.The Rams used their only fifth-round selection on OL David Edwards out of the University of Wisconsin. Edwards will join the Rams’ third-round pick, offensive lineman Bobby Evans, as a candidate to be cross-trained to play multiple positions on the offensive line in L.A. He’s coming off 10 starts in 10 games as a redshirt junior battling a shoulder injury, a performance that was good for Big Ten honors.

The Los Angeles Rams have drafted another offensive tackle. After drafting Bobby Evans on Friday in Round 3, the Rams took David Edwards in the fifth round on Saturday. Edwards is another project who the Rams can look to develop as a potential replacement for Andrew Whitworth whenever he decides to hang them up.

The football bloodlines are deep in Edwards’ family. According to a graphic on ESPN’s draft broadcast, a handful of his family members all played Division-I college football.

Interestingly enough, they all played at Big Ten schools, just like Edwards. His father Dave played at Indiana, his cousin Garrett and great uncle Ron both played at Illinois, and another cousin named Tommy played at Iowa. While they paved the way Edwards has made it the farthest, as he’ll be the only one of them to make it to the NFL.The Rams drafted offensive lineman David Edwards out of the University of Wisconsin with their late fifth round pick (No. 169).

The second offensive lineman added to the Rams’ roster out of the 2019 draft, Edwards is a 6-foot-6, 308-pound former First Team All-American, who started 31 games at right tackle for the Badgers in three seasons.

The Rams newest offensive lineman is a former high school quarterback and was originally recruited to Madison, Wisconsin as a tight end, before switching tackle after his freshman redshirt season.

Edwards missed the final three games of his Wisconsin career, dealing a nagging shoulder injury suffered in camp, but told the Los Angeles media that he hopes his proven ability to battle injury is a measure of his toughness.

“I hope that the Rams are able to see that they got a really good dude, a team guy that’s willing to work his tail off for everybody in the building,” Edwards said.Edwards will join fellow fellow former Wisconsin right tackle Rob Havenstein in the Rams offensive line room.

After his sophomore season, Edwards was looking like the next great Wisconsin lineman. After getting the All-American selection, there was a ton of buzz surrounding him heading into last season.

Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury before the 2018 season started. He tried to play through it, but shut himself down with a couple of games left to play in order to make sure he was fully healthy for the draft.

Greg Gaines Jersey

Now that I’ve officially ran through all day one and day two draft selections in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, it’s time to dive into day three. The first on the list is Washington Huskies DT Greg Gaines.

Gaines was a four-year contributor with the Huskies totaling 149 tackles, 21.5 tackles-for-loss, 9.5 sacks, and even one interception in his college career. He was a Senior who also participated in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.The Rams waited until the fourth round to add a run stuffer for the middle of their line in defensive tackle Greg Gaines out of the University of Washington.

General manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay specifically mentioned using Gaines at the nose tackle spot in base packages, putting emphasis on the former Huskie’s ability to stay disciplined and stop the run.

Since switching to a 3-4 defense in 2017 with the arrival of Wade Phillips, the Los Angeles Rams have been searching for a long-term answer at center. Michael Brockers played there initially, but he was switched to defensive end mid-season in 2017.

Ndamukong Suh was signed as a free agent last year, inking a $14 million deal for one season in L.A. He remains on the market, but he’s not in the Rams’ plans anymore. They entered the draft still in need of a replacement for Suh, and on Saturday afternoon, they may have found the perfect guy to fill his big shoes.The Rams traded up into the fourth round to select Washington nose tackle Greg Gaines, someone they scouted at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-1, 312-pounder may not be as tall or versatile as Suh, but he’s stout and excels at taking on blocks, anchoring down in the middle of the defense.

General manager Les Snead is a huge fan of the Washington product and it’s clear the Rams had their eye on him for a while. Their top goal on Day 3 was to select Gaines at some point.

“The first priority was to try to figure out how we could get to a spot in the draft and draft Gaines to fill the nose tackle type spot in our base defense,” Snead said.

The Rams didn’t waste any time, moving up 28 spots to go get their guy on Saturday. Wade Phillips already views him as a potential replacement for Suh, saying the Rams have a spot for him now that Ndamukong left.

The Los Angeles Rams landed their second Washington product of the draft on Saturday, trading up to select defensive tackle Greg Gaines 134th overall. With Ndamukong Suh on his way out, the Rams didn’t want to sit back and wait for a nose tackle to fall to them, so they moved up and got their guy in Gaines.

He’s a far different player than Suh, but he should be able to contribute fairly early in his career. He’s 6-foot-1, 312 pounds with slightly shorter arms, but despite being “squatty” for a defensive tackle, he’s a powerful player.Gaines isn’t nearly as versatile as Suh and he won’t be able to line up at defensive end for the Rams, but Los Angeles won’t ask him to. His primary role will be to eat up blocks, be an anchor on the interior and open things up for his fellow defensive linemen, Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.

One thing there won’t be any question about is Gaines’ effort. He has as high of a motor as any player in the draft, always working to get off blocks and rally to the football. That wasn’t exactly the case with Suh, who had questions about his effort brought up during his time in Miami and even in Los Angeles.

His durability is not a concern at all, either. He played every single game for the Huskies the last four years, making 149 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and even recording 9.5 career sacks – 4.5 coming in 2018 alone.

His run-stop percentage of 9.8 percent ranked 10th of any player at his position in the draft class, according to Pro Football Focus, while also earning a pass-rush productivity mark of 6.5 – good for 12th.

Bobby Evans Jersey

Evans declared for the 2019 NFL Draft as a redshirt junior, after four years on campus in Norman, Oklahoma. With three seasons protecting valuable signal-callers across the offensive line under his belt, Evans should provide some valuable depth to the Rams offensive front and gain valuable experience playing behind left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who is set to wrap up his three-year deal with the close of the 2019 campaign.

Evans did not miss a game in three seasons at OU, starting at both right and left tackle on the Sooner offense. He earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors in 26 games over two seasons at right tackle, before a switch to left tackle ahead of his final season on campus, where he earned a Second-Team All-Big 12 nod.

Evans’ experience playing across the O-line could pay off in his professional career as a member of offensive line coach/run game coordinator Aaron Kromer’s unit.

“Any time a guy can play two positions like that, starting right and going to the left, you got to love his versatility and his athleticism that he’s showing,” Kromer said following the third-round selection.

Los Angeles welcomed offensive lineman Bobby Evans out of the University of Oklahoma to the NFL with their No. 97-overall pick — rounding out four total prospects added in the top-100 for general manager Les Snead and his staff.

Evans redshirted his freshman season in Norman, Okla. before playing three full seasons for the Sooners, two at right tackle, one at left tackle. He earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors in his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, before he was named the nation’s top offensive lineman, winning the Moore Award as a redshirt junior.

Evans said he looks forward to joining the defending NFC Champs and the established “winning culture” in L.A in an emotional phone call with the Los Angeles media.
Oklahoma left offensive tackle Bobby Evans worked out privately for Texans offensive line coach Mike Devlin, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

Evans visited the Los Angeles Rams, Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins.

He worked out privately for the Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets.After a long period of talent evaluation, the NFL Draft finally begins Thursday, April 25. Many Oklahoma Sooners are expecting to hear their names called — one of which is 2018 Joe Moore Award winner Bobby Evans. The three-year starter is not necessarily considered to be an elite offensive tackle prospect, but he’s certainly someone who could end up having a strong career in the league. He did, after all, earn second-team All-Big 12 honors at left tackle in 2018, and he also did a fantastic job at RT the two seasons prior.

After the 2018-19 season, Evans has been predicted to go as early as a third rounder or as late as the seventh, with some even listing him an undrafted agent. But seemingly, the stock has settled for the Oklahoma tackle. Adam Schefter suggested Evans was one of the top tackles in the draft largely because he’s played both tackle positions, but he sees him as most likely a day two pick. CBS Sports labeled Evans as the No. 18 Offensive Lineman and Walter Football listed him as the No. 20 best Tackle. Rounds 4-5 are a safe bet for Evans during this week’s draft. If you would like to see more evaluation of Bobby Evans,

NFL talent evaluators’ reports have compared Evans to a familiar name — Daryl Williams, a former Oklahoma Sooner. They’ve suggested that he has plenty of experience and great core strength to compliment his hands, something that surely makes Bill Bedenbaugh smile (even if only on the inside). The scouts love his strength and toughness, giving him a draft grade of 5.55, which indicates a chance to become an NFL starter. His suggested strengths are his frame, core strength, his impeccable schooling for technique and his timing on second-level targets. However, his weaknesses are perceived to be his size and “tightness in the hips”. Evaluators viewed his 2018 tape as disappointing in comparison to his 2017 film, when he was at RT. This is why many thought he may come back to refine his talents for one more year at the University of Oklahoma, but he’s talented enough to prove doubters wrong.

David Long Jersey

Aqib Talib is in the perfect position to be a mentor to David Long entering his first season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Due to all of the uncertainty surrounding the cornerback position beyond the 2019 season with Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, the Los Angeles Rams were expected to look at the cornerback position during the 2019 NFL Draft, which they did with David Long in the third round.

Thanks to impressive career at Michigan, the Rams hope to see Long eventually develop into a reliable starter on the defensive side of the football, but for now it looks like the rookie just needs to be a little extra patient.

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The good news for Los Angeles is when it comes to Long, the rookie will most likely be understandable if he doesn’t see as much action as he would prefer since this move should be about the long run.West Virginia linebacker David Long was a productive player in college, and he hopes to do the same in the NFL – with the Titans.He figures being coached by former NFL linebacker and current head coach Mike Vrabel will help.

“Being able to be coached by Mike Vrabel,” Long said, “that’s a great thing to be a part of. I got to know more about him during the Senior Bowl because I had a formal (interview) with the Titans, and to see the way he looks at film, he is really straightforward and is the type of coach who is going to look to make you better, and that’s what I look forward to.”

Long (5-11, 223) played in 34 career games with 31 starts with the Mountaineers, including 12 starts in 2018.David Long has been named president of Santa Rosa-based Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers, succeeding John “Jack” Locey.

David Long grew up in Los Angeles. He emerged as a 4-star prospect at Loyola High School before a three-year stint with Michigan football.

Now, Long is heading back to Los Angeles. He’ll play for the Rams, who drafted him in the third round with the 79th pick of the NFL draft.

It’s a homecoming for the 5-foot-11, 196-pound cornerback, who will join a team that made a run to the Super Bowl this past season.“It feels great,” Long said in a conference call with reporters on Friday night. “It’s a blessing. I went to school in Los Angeles, so to be able to really come back and play at home, it’s a blessing.

“Just to be able to come back home, play football and get another opportunity to play. I’m just really happy and grateful for the coaches and staff for believing in my talent and I’m really just ready to get to work.”

Long is a 25-year firm veteran and has been a senior principal since 2002. In addition to his leadership role, David is involved in engineering services to public and private sector clients in the water, wastewater and recycled water arenas; winery and vineyard site development; and winery wastewater treatment systems.

West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker David Long Jr’s decision to forego his senior year in Morgantown paid off this evening when the Tennessee Titans selected Long with the 15th pick in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft (No. 188 overall).

The 2018 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year declared for the Draft on December 30th, after weighing his options. The biggest knock on Long from NFL scouts was his height, and another season in college wasn’t going to change that.

Long racked up 111 total tackles (19 TFL) as a junior for the Mountaineers, closing out his three year collegiate career with 250 total tackles, 40 TFL and 1 forced fumble.The Smoking Musket will have additional analysis of Long’s NFL destination, as well as other Mountaineers to be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft as the weekend continues.

Darrell Henderson Jersey

For the last four years, the Los Angeles Rams offense has essentially gone through Todd Gurley. Since he came into the league in 2015, he has 1,229 touches, which is 150 more than any other player in the NFL.

That trend is bound to change next season with Darrell Henderson joining the backfield. The Rams moved up 24 spots to select Henderson 70th overall on Friday night in the draft, bringing an explosive weapon to Los Angeles.

Not only did he celebrate his 36th birthday last week, the former Tigers running back held his third annual charity cornhole tournament on Tiger Lane Saturday. He spent the night with the Memphis 901 FC, smashing the guitar in the team’s pregame tradition.

But the 11-year NFL veteran was most proud to welcome two former Tigers to the league in Darrell Henderson and Tony Pollard, who were drafted this weekend.

The Rams’ flurry of early trades continued at No. 70, where the defending NFC Champs swapped their No. 94 and No. 99 picks for Tampa Bay’s early third round position.

The club added a running back to its roster in former Memphis standout Darrell Henderson with the pick. Henderson became the first unanimous All-American in school history following his final season at Memphis. The young running back finished his college career taking 431 carries for 3,545 yards 36 touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. He grabbed eight touchdowns 38 games played for the Tigers.

“I’m just going to go there and do what I’m supposed to do and work hard,” Henderson said on Friday night. “It’s always good to have somebody to learn from, so I’m going to learn from [RB] Todd Gurley, make sure that I’m doing my job…”

Henderson will join Gurley, and a running backs room crowded with Malcolm Brown, Justin Davis, and last year’s running back draftee John Kelly in his first season as a pro.

Nine names later, the Rams further addressed the secondary, taking cornerback David Long out of the University of Michigan.

The club’s No. 79 draft pick earned First Team All-Big Ten honors following his junior season. Long boasts three interceptions, 17 passes defensed, two tackles for loss, and 38 tackles in two full seasons in a starting role.

The former Wolverine will have the unique chance to play alongside a couple of veteran All-Pros in corners Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.

“[There’s] a lot of experience to be able to pick up from those guys and just do whatever they’ve been doing to stay in the league,” Long said. “A lot of those guys have successful careers, Aqib Talib has played a really long time, lengthy career, so he knows what it takes. And Marcus Peters and [CB Nickell Robey-Coleman], those guys have made plays at that level.”

Long joins the Rams’ No. 61-overall selection, safety Taylor Rapp to become the first pair of defensive backs drafted by the Rams since the 2014 season.

Darrell Henderson had no problem evading and running away from tacklers, so it’s no surprise the former Memphis running back is doing the same with NFL Draft chatter.

“I try to tone all of that out. I’m hearing different things but nobody ever knows but me, my agent and the GMs in the NFL,” Henderson said. “I just let them talk and I stay on my path.”

Henderson is expected to continue the streak of at least one Memphis player drafted since 2014. Former backfield mate Tony Pollard is also expected to be taken, which would give the Tigers multiple draft picks in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993-94

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Henderson ranked the No. 84 prospect in the draft while The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has him ranked at No. 80. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller called Henderson the best big-play threat back in the 2019 class and the sixth-best running back in the draft.

ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay expect Henderson to go in the third round and agreed that Henderson’s speed and versatility make him valuable in the NFL as a complementary running back.

Taylor Rapp Jersey

With the 61st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Washington safety Taylor Rapp.

Rapp isn’t a stellar athlete as a strong safety, but he offers a lot of value in run support. He is one of the best tackling defensive backs in this year’s class, as he has the strength in his frame to consistently bring down ball carriers. He also takes good pursuit angles to ball carriers, and he has good instincts as a tackler.

Though not incredibly rangy, he has solid hip fluidity when covering tight ends and some running backs.

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The Rams have a lot of talent on their roster, and they added even more of it by selecting Rapp. He is a hard-hitting safety who will boost their secondary.

After trading away their first-round, and a pair of second-round picks, the Rams have their first and 2019 draft selection in former University Washington safety Taylor Rapp.

Rapp, the No. 61 pick of the NFL draft and first safety drafted by the Rams since John Johnson III in 2017, stands 5-foot-11, 208 pounds, and is a two-time First Team All-Pac 12 player, and earned First Team All-American honors in his final season as a Huskie. As a Junior in 2018, Rapp started in all 13 games and logged seven interceptions, 14 passes defensed, 7.0 sacks, plus a pair of forced fumbles.

“I’ve dreamed of this moment my whole life, ever since I could walk — an unbelievable moment that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Rapp told the Los Angeles media minutes after his name was called. “I get to come in under obviously Eric Weddle — a vet — and John Johnson, he’s an incredible player. To come in and learn under them, it’s an incredible opportunity and the perfect scenario for me. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Rapp will join the Rams’ decorated secondary with a few contracts set to expire over the next couple of seasons. Both corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib hold deals that will be up after the 2019 campaign. Weddle is set for two years alongside Rapp, with a contract set to expire after the 2020 season.

Thanks to Hyundai’s Rolling with the Rookies, I got a chance to sit down with the number one safety in the 2019 NFL Draft, Washington football’s very own Taylor Rapp!

Rapp started right away as a true freshman, and to get both players on the field, the Washington football coaching staff moved top recruit and future second-round draft pick Budda Baker down to the nickel in order to get them both on the field. Rapp said it was “a better play out of talents to get Budda in the nickel” and himself over the top.

Rapp has proven himself to have a high football IQ since he got to Washington, which is one of the many reasons he should be a first-round pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft. “I didn’t expect to play as a true freshman… I enrolled early… came in, and that’s what separated me. I was able to learn the whole defense very fast, and I was willing to do whatever it took to get on the field,” said Rapp when he was asked about what separated him from the pack and why he was able to get on the field so early with all the other NFL talent around him.
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He gave a lot of credit to defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, “I can’t say enough great things about him as a coach and a person. I have so much respect for him and we have an incredible relationship… he eventually got me to pull the trigger to go to UW, and ever since I arrived on campus, I tried to be a sponge and soak in everything I could from him… I didn’t know how special he was until my three years played out. I think he’s honestly the best developer of college football players and young men in the entire country.” Rapp is a prime example of that, and he’s the perfect model of the type of player any NFL team looks for.

When asked about the future of the defensive backs room, he had tons of praise for the future of the program. “At a lot of other colleges, they’d be playing and starting, but in our DB room we want to have guys come in and compete for a job, and not just get a starting job right away… the sky is the limit for all those guys.”

The biggest thing for Rapp was the opportunity that Washington gave him as a three-star recruit coming out of high school. After struggling through being overlooked, Rapp took advantage of his opportunity, being named as the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2016. Rapp was also a Freshman All-American, a two-time All Pac-12 first team member, two-time All-Academic Pac-12 First Team member, and 2018 consensus All-American. Rapp’s biggest support system through it all though is his family, “It means a lot, I always grew up wanting to play at the next level… for me to be in this position, I’m incredibly grateful and blessed, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family, my older brother, my support system. I thank them incredibly for what they’ve done and what they’ve established for me as a foundation… I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

Once he got to Washington, he developed a relationship with Budda Baker, his roommate. Baker immediately took Rapp under his wing and “he showed me his ways and his leadership style. I was always asking him questions, and whenever I had questions or concerns I knew I could come to him… We’d watch film all night the night before we played, we had a great connection… it was a special relationship that we had.”