The 2022 NFL Draft is finally in the books and the Los Angeles Rams did well for themselves considering their lack of draft capital.
The Rams have the core of their roster set, so their strategy heading into the draft was to find depth at key positions. Looking at their picks, it was clear they were looking to shore up their secondary as four out of their eight picks addressed that area of the field.
With the No. 211 overall pick, Los Angeles selected UCLA defensive back Quentin Lake. Lake, who was raised in Southern California, believes it was meant to be to play for his hometown team, via Stu Jackson of TheRams.com:
“It’s destined,” Lake said during his video conference following his selection. “I just think especially me, being a kid from Southern California and me going to UCLA, and then me playing for the Rams in LA, it’s just meant to be.”
Considering he was attending college nearby, Lake was keeping tabs on the Rams and fell in love with the team quickly:
“I had went to a couple games, actually, and I saw the culture and the environment that they had, and I kind of fell in love with it,” Lake said. “But I had definitely been keeping tabs on the Rams for awhile. Especially being at UCLA, being in LA, you know, you don’t really have a choice but to follow the Rams.”
In his final season with the Bruins, Lake recorded three interceptions and six passes defensed, stats that probably caught the eye of scouts and the coaching staff. L
ake provides a versatile piece who can toggle between safety and corner, and that should give him a good shot of making the roster come the summer.