In the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams added more depth to their second line of defense with former Eastern Washington outside linebacker Samson Ebukam with the 125th overall pick.
The selection was made after the Rams dealt away the 141st pick in the fourth round and 197th pick in the sixth round to move up to the slot.
Ebukam spent three years at the collegiate level establishing himself as a bruising hitter at linebacker racking up 24 sacks in the process. In his senior year, he had 15 tackles for loss and a team-leading 9.5 sacks that helped him earn Third Team FCS All-American honors from the Associated Press.
The 21-year-old possesses unique athleticism combined with speed and explosiveness that could help him make his mark in the NFL as a pass rusher at his position. Ebukam has an opportunity to maximize that skill set under new Rams' defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in the 3-4 defensive scheme.
“I feel good about it because that really works to my game because I can be an outside linebacker and just rush the passer," Ebukam. "That’s what I do best.”
The Rams do not currently have an abundance of depth at outside linebacker with strong pass-rushing ability as offseason addition Connor Barwin and former Pro Bowler Robert Quinn appear to be the only true options on the roster at the spot.
Ebukam is the second player from the Eastern Washington that Los Angeles selected in the 2017 NFL Draft joining teammate wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who taken with the 69th overall selection in the third round on Friday night.
“It just shows the work that we put in, honestly," Ebukam said of he and Kupp being taken by the Rams. "It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to go to any championships, but all the work that we put in in the offseason is really paying off right now.”