The Los Angeles Rams have been attempting to land rookie cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly this season, but for the second time in the last month their waiver wire claim was usurped by another team.
The Washington Commanders, L.A.’s opponent this week, were awarded Kelly on waivers after he was released by the Green Bay Packers.
The #Rams and #Texans put in claims for CB Kyu Blu Kelly, who was awarded to the #Commanders. This is the second time in the past few weeks the Rams tried to claim him, only to have a team with a higher priority get him. https://t.co/rL2QBjMYO0
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 14, 2023
The Rams previously tried to claim Kelly after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks. It has been a whirlwind first year for Kelly, who was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens. The Rams made four fifth round picks in 2023.
But all of those selections came after the Ravens selected Kelly out of Stanford 157th overall. Perhaps L.A. would have picked him with one of their picks.
But it’s probably better that they didn’t: L.A.’s final pick of the round was Puka Nacua. They also got Warren McClendon, Nick Hampton, and Davis Allen.
Kelly apparently didn’t impress Baltimore enough in training camp and preseason, as he was released at final cuts. The Seahawks picked him up but waived him in November, when he was claimed by Green Bay, awarded the player over the Rams because of waiver priority. He spent one month with the Packers and was waived again. He’s now on Washington.
Clearly, the Rams want another cornerback prospect and Kyu Blu Kelly has been atop their wish list for those who become available. Will they get another shot at him? I’m guessing they hope so.