Rams' new safety has 49ers connection

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher was the secondary coach for San Francisco in 1993 when the 49ers added safety Tim McDonald, who would become a six-time Pro Bowl choice and Super Bowl champion.

Fisher and the Rams are bringing McDonald's son to St. Louis as a potential starting safety. T.J. McDonald is 6-foot-2 and 219 pounds. He has exceptional athletic ability, as reflected by a 40-inch vertical leap.

The younger McDonald, chosen 71st overall Friday, should have a chance to start for the Rams as a rookie. The Rams released Quintin Mikell and watched fellow starting safety Craig Dahl leave in free agency. They needed to draft a safety and waited until the ninth pick of the third round to do so.

St. Louis also holds the 92nd, 113th, 149th, 184th and 198th choices. The team could still use help at guard and running back. Other primary needs at receiver, linebacker and safety have been addressed, although the Rams could use another safety through the draft or in free agency.