While just about every Rams fan expected their team to take a center – like Creed Humphrey or Quinn Meinerz – or a linebacker at No. 57 overall, Les Snead and Sean McVay threw a curveball once again.
They stayed put and picked Louisville wide receiver Tutu Atwell with their second-round selection, stunning fans everywhere. The immediate reactions were to his slender frame, with Atwell checking in at 155 pounds.
The pick didn’t fill a position of need and Atwell is a very similar player to DeSean Jackson, but it gives McVay and Matthew Stafford yet another weapon on offense as they try to add explosiveness to a unit that struggled to create big plays.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter.
“Et Tu, Tu Atwell?”
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— J.B. Long (@JB_Long) May 1, 2021
Tavon Austin weighs 25 lbs more than Tutu Atwell
— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) May 1, 2021
Tutu Atwell is 155 lbs. First time Isaiah Simmons hit him, he breaks.
— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) May 1, 2021
Sean McVay was absolutely sick of not throwing the ball downfield
29th in % of passes of 15+ air yards – 27th in efficiency on those same throws
Matthew Stafford. Desean Jackson. Tutu Atwell to go along with the Kupp, Woods, Jefferson trio.
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) May 1, 2021
What everyone doesn’t realize is, if you feed Tutu Atwell a few In-N-Out burgers, he’s Az Hakim. Matthew Stafford has to be so excited to get to work.
— Rams Brothers (@RamsBrothers) May 1, 2021
My 11-year-old nephew sitting next to me is Tutu Atwell’s size
— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) May 1, 2021
Tutu Atwell is 1 7/8 inches taller and 3 pounds heavier than JoJo Natson.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) May 1, 2021
The Rams said we’re gonna get more explosive back in January. They tossed Goff to the wolves. They paid DeSean Jackson a bag. They drafted TuTu Atwell early. Trade for #9.
Listen. They told us what they wanted to do. This offense has a lot of explosion and speed now. No excuses.
— Sosa K (@QBsMVP) May 1, 2021
The Rams took Tutu Atwell, and the reactions were priceless! 😂
— The Draft Network (@TheDraftNetwork) May 1, 2021
Tutu Atwell’s given name is Chatarius. His dad (same name) re-wrote the Minnesota record book at WR.
Even though he didn’t do it much at Louisville, don’t be surprised if he’s a factor in special teams for the Rams.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) May 1, 2021
Man I love that pick!
Like Toney and Rondale, he’s awesome in screen game
Unlike them, he’s awesome downfield
He’s tiny, but he torches everyone, he’s got ball tracking/skills, and he adjusts to poorly thrown (Louisville’s QBs were dogshit)
— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) May 1, 2021