Practice squad player
And after the first wave of signings to the practice squad, the LA Rams added him on September 2nd. He was a big-bodied offensive lineman. He fit the role of previously waved offensive lineman Jordan Meredith. And he was one of the best available players available at the offensive line. So it really made sense for the Rams to give him a shot.
Jared Hocker was the tenth best offensive guard in the 2021 NFL Draft per NFL.com’s website, and he was the best at his position not to be drafted. He is a true offensive guard, a behemoth who stands 6-foot-6 and tips the scale at 327 pounds. Despite being undrafted he was projected by NFL.com’s Lance Zuerlein to hear his name in round six, the second draft-graded rookie added to the team after the draft by the LA Rams (offensive tackle AJ Jackson is the other one).
He is the former college teammate to LA Rams rookie defensive lineman Bobby Brown III and was a member of the best offensive line in college football from 2020. He is a powerful and huge blocker, and as such seems to fit the Rams offensive line push towards that style of blocking with bigger bodies.
For now, he will quietly join the LA Rams practice squad. A subtle addition to the roster, but one with the potential to be something more. After all, this was an NFL team with the generally agreed-upon need for help and reinforcements for the offensive line. While the organization may have taken a bit unorthodox route to get there, they did eventually get there. So what can Hocker bring to the Rams offensive line?