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Blindside protector from pick 250?

Tremayne Anchrum played offensive tackle for the University of Clemson.  Standing 6-foot-2, weighing 314-pounds, he is not the picture of a 6-foot-5 or bigger offensive tackle.  Big burly linemen dominate the NFL left tackle position.  Anchrum is about three inches too short for the position, and he played right tackle in college. Still, he allowed the fewest sacks in a very competitive ACC football conference over the past two years.

Recently, smaller and stronger edge rushers dominate the edge in the NFL. Is Anchrum the Rams answer to developing that faster stronger more agile offensive tackle?  Rams offensive line coach Aaron Kromer may be thinking along those lines.  Anchrum is a smaller tackle, but he’s so incredibly intelligent.  A football savant playing one of the most critical football positions? It could be much worse.

Kromer trains linemen everywhere

Before we jump too far too quickly, we know that OL Coach Kromer loves to cross-train his offensive linemen. But the Rams offensive linemen are somewhat dedicated to their roles based on last year’s scramble. Since the time is so limited, it’s wiser to keep everyone where they are familiar and find the left tackle understudy from the remaining players.

When OT Chandler Brewer opted out, that practically forced the Rams to place Anchrum into the left tackle training program.  While his first day in pads was a bit underwhelming, he’s a quick learner.  How did he do today?

The fact that Anchrum is learning how to play left tackle may not inspire many of you. I get that.  But his highlight videos certainly spotlight very mobile powerful and smart young man.  The Rams offensive line may not be loaded with first-round draft picks. But I like Anchrum and what he adds to the Rams offensive line.  No rookie will excel this year as a blocker.

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But if the Rams found their next left tackle at 250?  That’s about as miraculous as they come.