LA Rams News: OL is healthy but remains the biggest question mark for the team
The LA Rams have certainly been preoccupied with the offensive line over the past two seasons. The team drafted Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen in 2018. The following year, the team added Bobby Evans and David Edwards. And mid-season, the team added Austin Corbett and Coleman Shelton. Finally, in 2020, the team re-signed Andrew Whitworth, Austin Blythe, Coleman Shelton, and blocking tight end Johnny Mundt. The team then drafted Tremayne Anchrum in the seventh round, and signed just one offensive lineman after the draft, Cohl Cabral.
So where does that leave the team today? Well, the LA Rams currently boast 15 players to fill five starting positions. And the best place to start today is to define who the presumptive starters are right now. Sounds easy to do, but after 2019’s turnstile with multiple players slotting in to fill holes, that continues to generate more questions than answers.
Gotta start somewhere, so let’s examine 2019 starters
Using 2019 season’s ending offensive line as the template, it’s hard to argue against starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth, left guard Austin Corbett, center Austin Blythe, right guard David Edwards, and right tackle Bobby Evans. After all the chaos of the 2020 season’s start, teams will be hard-pressed for wholesale changes to any part of a team. But teams who have bet upon rookie talent, particularly those with slow learning curves like the wide receiver, quarterback, and offensive line, are particularly handicapped. So we’ll float the same starting five who ended the 2019 season into 2020.
Are they the right players? Well, any other player is either coming off an injury or doesn’t have much experience in the role. Even still, both returning free agent linemen are coming off surgery. So let’s begin the discussion of each position with those as the starting five and discuss how the Rams will set up their depth chart? The first position is the right tackle spot.