LA Rams: Are Jackson, Pircher, and Meredith unsung heroes of 2021 Draft?

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If we build it, will they come?

The LA Rams offensive line is very important to the team now, particularly so after investing a huge chunk of change into veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. So where does the LA Rams offensive line stand today? Well, the offensive line depth chart appears to be deep enough so far, but let’s do a bit of visual presentation to showcase the concerns we feel right now.

Position                            Starter                                 Backup
Left tackle                        Andrew Whitworth          Joseph Noteboom
Left guard                         Bobby Evans                      Jamil Demby
Center                                Austin Corbett                   Coleman Shelton
Right guard                      David Edwards                  Chandler Brewer
Right tackle                      Rob Havenstein                Tremayne Anchrum

Practice squad:  AJ  Jackson, Max Pircher, Jordan Meredith, Brian Allen

So what do we know about the reserves? Well, that’s where much of the concern of today is focused. But the Rams’ backups are actually not bad. In fact, they are a rather capable and talented bunch.  As you may note, we’ve amended our original projections for reserve offensive linemen with information shared by The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue:

Okay, so far so good, right? Only, now for our next step, let’s remove the players who are currently not expected to be on the Rams roster next year. That is not to say that the LA Rams will not find a miraculous cache of funds to re-sign some guys.  The Rams offensive line is still staffed by experienced veterans. Each of the five starters has benefited from past seasons with NFL starts.