Rookie role analysis: Where does Rapp fit among the safeties?

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Rookie role analysis: Where does Rapp fit among the safeties?

When the Rams turned in their card for their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, they picked a player in safety Taylor Rapp — a position that may have surprised those outside the building.

But even as a player in a talented and fairly crowded defensive backfield, Rapp seems to have a chance to see significant playing time as a rookie.

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Taylor Rapp: “I was meant to play this game — I was put on earth to play this game.”

Speaking to scouts and coaches just after the Rams selected Taylor Rapp at No. 61 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, a couple aspects of the safety’s personality stood out from each individual:

Rapp is serious about football and he loves the game.

The 21-year-old who grew up about an hour and a half north of Seattle in Bellingham, Wash. just arrived in Los Angeles on Monday — along with the 29 other members of the Rams’ rookie class. And even in a 15-minute interview, it’s easy to see Rapp’s passion for the sport.

Rapp traces it back to his time growing up in Northern Washington, even to the earliest moments of playing flag football in grade school.

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Obviously long term, Rapp replaces Weddle when he's gone. This year I wouldn't be surprised to see Rapp rotate in with the nickel packages on occasion. Wade will use 3 safety schemes, particularly when they are in dime. As someone who follows the UW Huskies as I am able to, I love the Rapp and Gaines picks. Gregg Gaines is more than a run stuffer.

Also it's worth noting that when Wade runs his defense the way he really wants to, both his safeties are interchangeable. That is there is no real SS or FS in the traditional sense. Wade began running the hybrid 3-4 scheme when he was with the Chargers. When he's playing the safeties the way he wants to it's like having 2 FS on the field. It makes it harder for OC's to scheme their plays and QBs to read if they aren't sure which safety will be where. So when Johnson and Rapp are the starters either one can play as a FS and the other as a SS.



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