It took awhile, but the Los Angeles Rams finally got to make a pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, selecting an offensive lineman from TCU.
The Los Angeles Rams continue to get it right this offseason. I can especially say that after they made their first selection in the 2018 NFL Draft an offensive lineman, going against what had been the conventional wisdom featured in so many mock drafts.
Noteboom is a player who began to see his stock rise as draft time got closer. And while most, an overwhelming number in fact of NFL pundits and draft experts had LA selecting a linebacker or EDGE rusher, General Manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay continued to buck the consensus of analysts just as they have all this offseason.
Noteboom is the beginning, at least hopefully so, of a much needed youth movement for an offensive line that has grown old. The two stalwarts who anchor the Rams line and provide protection for quarterback Jared Goff and space for running back Todd Gurley, are much closer to the end than the beginning.
It’s no crime or knock on them, it’s just a reality.
The Rams went on a defensive binge in free agency, scoring names like Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Ndamukong Suh, and Sam Shields. The lone offensive acquisition was wide receiver Brandin Cooks most recently with the New England Patriots.
With as much hype and talk that has engulfed Rams Nation in 2018, and deservedly so, the offensive line seems to have been overlooked, at least a little. However that changes a bit as Los Angeles gets knee deep in the linebacker position and others with three picks in the fourth round (111,135, 136) and now five in the sixth (176,183,194,195, and 217).
Look for Snead and McVay to continue to pay little attention to the experts and the hype as the weekend rolls on.