The Los Angeles Rams took a chance on Terrell Burgess with the No. 104 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in the hopes he would bring much-needed defensive versatility.
According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Burgess spoke about his understanding of what position he will be playing for the 2020 NFL season.
“There was no clarification as to where,” Burgess said about his role. “I’m just excited to be able to go in there and see what I can do to help the team win.”
Burgess also shared how Eric Weddle’s role as a mentor has helped.
“It’s nice to have somebody that went to my school, went on to the league, is kind of from Southern California and be able to be kind of a mentor for me.”
Weddle has served as a mentor to Burgess and provided the defensive back with much-needed knowledge and guidance throughout his college career and now.
Burgess was a major part of one of the best defenses the Pac-12 had seen in years at the University of Utah as their defense ranked top-three nationally in average rushing yards, total yards, and total points that they allowed to their opponents.
In Burgess’ senior season, he finished with 81 total tackles, one interception, and two fumble recoveries while also proving to be one of the most versatile defenders.
Burgess demonstrated his versatility as an edge rusher, free safety, strong safety, nickel corner, outside corner, and linebacker for stretches of certain games.
For that reason, head coach Sean McVay and defensive coordinator Brandon Staley could not pass up the opportunity of drafting the swiss army knife.
The Rams currently envision Burgess playing all over the field and using his 4.46 speed to cause havoc for opposing offenses heading into his rookie season.
With players set to report to 2020 NFL training camp in late July now, Burgess will get a better vision of what role he will truly play for McVay and the Rams.