Like always, the Los Angeles Rams went with the best player available for the seventh round. With the 243rd overall pick, the Rams went with Penn State S Nick Scott. Their last pick (251st overall), the Rams select Texas Tech ILB Dakota Allen.
While Scott is technically a safety, the Rams brought him in for the special teams. They will probably give a chance to compete for some playing time. However, if he makes the roster, it will be for special teams purposes only. Scott does have decent size and is quick enough to do some returns.
Currently, the Rams rely mostly on JoJo Natson for kick/punt returns. That said, it doesn’t hurt to have a little competition. He did well with special teams coverage too, and that can be beneficial to have also. Scott doesn’t have a ton of experience in the secondary, so he will likely be cut if the Rams feel he cannot contribute on special teams.
Allen does have a little more potential as a contributor. Like Scott, he too can be a special teamer. Allen is athletic and does possess a good size for a linebacker. However, his lack of speed and instincts are a concern on the NFL level.
While it’s a long shot for Allen to become an NFL starter, he does have a few things going for him. He’s a coachable player that’s attentive to his responsibilities. Though he’s slow, his coverage and conditioning are intriguing. If Allen continues to be a student of the game, he could serve a decent depth. Another thing to consider for Allen, is that the Rams are severely lacking depth at ILB. This is most likely the intrigue for Allen.