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The Rams and Chargers Select Unsung Talents in the 2021 NFL Draft
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports Writer
Published May 6, 2021

Tackle Rashawn Slater was drafted by the Chargers in the first round (Instagram Photo)

For the 2021 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles football teams secured several picks in the later rounds. The Los Angeles Chargers only had one pick in the first round.

The Boltz selected the first of two offensive linemen when they drafted tackle Rashawn Slater 13th overall. In 2019, he did not allow any sacks for the Northwestern Wildcats and was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.

The Rams made their first pick of the Draft in the second round, selecting Louisville wide receiver Chatarius “Tutu” Atwell 57th overall. During his college career, he made 140 receptions for 2,307 yards and was the leading receiver for Louisville during the 2020 season.

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With their 47th overall pick, the Chargers selected cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. of Florida State. He executed 97 total tackles, four interceptions and 29 passes defended during his college career.

The Chargers chose offensive players with their two third-round picks, choosing wideout Josh Palmer and tight end Tre McKitty. The Rams chose linebacker Ernest Jones with their 103rd overall pick.

In the fourth round, the Rams selected defensive tackle Bobby Brown III of Texas A&M, cornerback Robert Rochell of Central Arkansas and University of Central Florida wide receiver Jacob Harris.

Brown III was named on the 2020 All-SEC First Team after executing 5.5 sacks for 34 yards during the season.

With their solitary fourth round pick, the Bolts acquired defensive end Chris Rumph out of Duke. The Rams selected Northwestern defensive end Earnest Brown IV with their fifth round, 174th overall pick.

Brown IV made 32 tackles, one sack, and four pass breakups during the 2020 season. That earned him the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.

Wideout Tutu Atwell was drafted by the Rams in the 2nd round (Instagram photo)

The Chargers selected their second offensive lineman Brenden Jaimes in the fifth round. Jaimes competed in 40 consecutive games, setting a record at Nebraska for most consecutive games played for an lineman.

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The Rams traded their sixth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Chargers had two picks in the sixth round. With their 185th overall pick, they chose linebacker Nick Niemann and selected running back Larry Rountree III with their 198th overall pick.

Rountree is the all-time leading rusher at Missouri; he ran for 3,720 yards and made 40 touchdowns in his college career.

Due to trades, the Rams had three picks in the seventh round. They selected running back Jake Funk of Maryland, wideout Ben Skowronek out of Notre Dame and defensive end Chris Garrett from Concordia-St. Paul. Garrett became Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

With their final pick, the Chargers selected defensive back Mark Webb of Georgia.

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