LA Rams: These 3 Saturday games boast 6 must see Rams prospects

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Iowa at Iowa State (ABC) (1:30 pm PT)

After the early game concludes, you have time to stretch before turning to ABC to catch the tenth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes take on their cross-state rivals and ninth-ranked Iowa State Cyclones.  The reason to tune into this one is to catch a glimpse of Iowa’s inside offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum take on a formidable opponent in Iowa State defensive tackle Eyioma Uwazurike.

After the Rams scored by signing former Iowa offensive tackle AJ Jackson after the 2021 NFL Draft, the front office will have the binoculars pointed to this one.  Tyler Linderbaum is 6-foot-2 and weighs 270-pounds, but this offensive center knows his stuff on the football field. He has incredible physicality, having excelled at both track and field and wrestling as cross-training sports. Originally a defensive tackle, he maintained a great competitive nature combined with good leverage learned from wrestling.

He faces off against 6-foot-6 320-pound behemoth Eyioma Uwazurike. Listed as a defensive end, he is more likely to line up as an interior defensive lineman, simply due to his incredibly powerful size. He is not a huge threat to get after the quarterback, but he is very capable of plugging up every rushing lane to either side. Entering his fifth season, he has 105 tackles but just six quarterback sacks.

The LA Rams will be looking closely at both sides of the ball in this matchup. The Rams face expiring contracts on both offensive center Brian Allen and defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph Day.  Linderbaum, though smallish by NFL standards, would be a solid option for the Rams’ new offensive center.  And if SJD signs on elsewhere, Uwazurike would be a good option to fill that spot.