Florida football had lots of guys taken in the NFL Draft, including Anthony Richardson all the way up at No. 4 overall.
But despite all the former Gators that got to hear their names called, there were a couple that didn’t get picked in the seven rounds and had to audible to signing as undrafted free agents.
One of those guys was Gator safety Rashad Torrence II. After going undrafted, he has found a new home with the Los Angeles Rams and is going to be part of their rebuild.
I don’t think I need to spread the word that there’s nothing wrong with going undrafted. Making the NFL is something that only a few percent of college athletes achieve.
What going undrafted really does is give these guys a chip on their shoulder to go show all 32 teams that they made a mistake not locking them down earlier.
For a guy like Rashad who already like taking people’s heads off, firing him up even more could be a safety hazard for NFL wideouts.
We all know Torrence’s upside as a violent, ball-hawking safety. But for right now he fell out of the draft for a reason: consistency.
He struggled a lot of times staying with the receiver in coverage, allowing himself to get beat. Rashad also wasn’t the most reliable tackler in open space, going for the knockout blow rather than just wrapping up which allowed the ball carrier to bounce off the hit and keep going.
Walking into LA, I think he has a great shot to have a good NFL career. While some of those key pieces are gone, this is a team that won the Super Bowl only a few years ago. They know how to win.
Plus, the safety room out there isn’t the strongest, so Torrence could be playing for a rotation spot early on.
If he makes it to LA and reaches his full potential, he’ll make some serious noise out west.
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