St. Louis Rams Select Free Safety TJ McDonald in Third Round

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3.09 St. Louis Rams TJ McDonald, WR, USC (6-2, 219)

TJ McDonald is a hard hitting free safety who plays his best when in the box. In coverage and open space, he has a tendency to show poor footwork, making it difficult to defend quicker receivers. He played in a college system that didn’t force him to have too much responsibility through the air, so he’ll need a couple years to shore up that part of his game, but he’ll need to make significant technique changes to do so. McDonald gives the Rams a hard-hitting presence in the middle of the defense, although he’ll likely be used sparingly in year one.