Grading all of the Rams’ draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft

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Round 7, Pick 234: Clay Johnston (ILB, Baylor)

Grade: C+

One of the biggest needs for the Rams this offseason was inside linebacker after Cory Littleton signed with the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency. Seeing that Los Angeles didn’t take an inside linebacker until the seventh round says one of two things.

Either the Rams don’t value the inside linebacker position as much as other teams, or they are questionably confident in the current group. Nevertheless, Los Angeles finally addressed the position with the No. 234 pick by selecting Clay Johnston out of Baylor.

Amid his time at Baylor, Johnston had some injury concerns, but was able to record 58 tackles, 2.5 sacks, five pass breakups, and an interception in just six games in 2019. While he’s unlikely going to be an immediate difference-maker, Johnston gives the Rams another option at inside linebacker in 2020. In all likeliness, he’ll spend most of his time on special teams.

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