2. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Eric Weddle announced his retirement from the NFL after the 2019 season and only one season with the Los Angeles Rams. Safety has become a need for the Rams as a result and even though the team spent a second-round pick on the position last year, they very well could do so again in 2020.
Taylor Rapp is more than talented enough to become a starter and an every-down candidate but there are questions around him. John Johnson is solid when he is on the field but is a free agent after this season and might not be the team’s long-term option at the position.
Safety might not be the biggest need, but if Xavier McKinney fell to the 52nd pick then he would be the most talented player available and it would be hard to see the Rams passing on him. Miller ranks McKinney 32nd and Tankathon ranks him 24th.
That is a long way to fall but with a deep secondary class this season, it would not be all that shocking to see McKinney be the one that falls.
McKinney is an extremely hard-hitter who is athletic and can line up anywhere on the field. He is most valuable in that right away he could be a package sub in the secondary, playing either strong safety or at slot cornerback.
He is more than just a safety, which makes him an intriguing fit right away. Johnson could maintain the full-time role right away with McKinney filling in the gaps. Then, after this season, McKinney would take over the starting role.
It is not that likely that McKinney falls this much, but if he does, the Rams would be foolish to pass on him.