It took awhile, but the Los Angeles Rams made a pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, selecting offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom from TCU.
Noteboom was a four-year contributor with the Horned Frogs, and earned high marks for his play in the Senior Bowl.
The TCU Tackle is 6’-5” and weighs in at 309 lbs. His arm length is 34 ⅜” and had his hands measure at 9 ⅝”. As for his other NFL Combine measurables, his 40 time was 4.96 seconds, a vertical jump of 24.0 inches, and posted a 3-cone still time of 7.65 seconds.
While most believed, and certainly fairly, that the Rams would go with a linebacker/EDGE rusher type, many draft experts also noted offensive line as a direction they could go early, even had they still had a first round pick.
Noteboom is an All-Academic Big 12 selection and did not miss a game since the 2013 season. As a senior, conference coaches voted him honorable mention all-conference.
Scouts note an NFL frame but also one that has room to grow, as well as being a solid athlete when working in space.
For Los Angeles, this is a smart pick. General Manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay have done a tremendous job in building a premier defense as they look to ramp up to a possible Super Bowl run in 2018 and possibly 2019. The offensive line is an area that was, and has been in desperate need of a youth movement. Noteboom is a solid start in that direction.