Rams Round Out 2018 Draft Class with Howard and Lawler

Check out photos of Rams 7th Round selection Travin Howard, LB, TCU.

Credit: AP Photos and TCU

Los Angeles completed its 2018 NFL Draft class by picking up linebacker Travin Howard and defensive lineman Justin Lawler with the No. 231 and No. 244 overall picks

Los Angeles completed its 2018 NFL Draft class by picking up linebacker Travin Howard and defensive lineman Justin Lawler, with the No. 231 and No. 244 overall picks.

Howard marks the fourth linebacker selected by the franchise in this year’s draft. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips noted earlier this offseason that the Rams would look to add between six and seven linebackers to their room by the start of training camp. The TCU product joins Micah Kiser, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, and Trevon Young to help fulfill that need.

In 2018, Howard will also join former teammate Joseph Noteboom — who was drafted as the No. 89 overall pick — in the Rams locker room.

Howard became the first player in TCU history to lead the team in tackles for three-consecutive seasons. In 2016, he led the Big 12 with 130 tackles as a junior before posting 108 tackles — seven for loss — and an interception returned for a touchdown in his senior year. As a safety turned linebacker, he was also well known for his speed and strong abilities in pass coverage.

The Rams further boosted their defense by bringing in an All-AAC defensive end out of SMU. In 2017, Lawler racked up a team-high 74 tackles, 15.5 for loss, 9.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He was also a standout player on special teams — tying the national lead with three blocked kicks in a single season.

As a productive three-year starter for the Mustangs, Lawler impressed scouts with his strength and physicality. He will bolster a Rams D-line that includes defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh, Aaron Donald, and Michael Brockers.

For more on the 2018 NFL Draft class, check out our full coverage on www.therams.com.

Check out photos of Rams 7th Round selection Justin Lawler, DL, SMU.

Credit: AP Photos and SMU

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