How deep is the LA Rams offensive line before the 2022 NFL Draft?
By Bret Stuter
After the off-season losses of left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right guard Austin Corbett, the perception once more is that the LA Rams are in desperate need of offensive linemen from the 2022 NFL Draft. Of course, that was the same perception from the fanbase as the team headed into the 2021 NFL Draft, and turned their nose up and many offensive linemen.
Just ask about offensive center Creed Humphrey on any social media platform. But if you do so, be prepared to be involved in reading the responses for quite some time.
So where do the LA Rams stand in terms of their offensive line? Probably deeper at the position than you may think. With five projected starters of:
- Joseph Noteboom- 6-foot-5 321-pound left tackle who has become a staple of the Rams offense. Good run and pass blocker
- David Edwards – 6-foot-6 308-pound offensive tackle who has anchored the team’s left guard role for two seasons
- Brian Allen – 6-foot-2 303-pound offensive center who truly pushed to earn a starting role in 2021
- Coleman Shelton – 6-foot-4 299-pound interior offensive lineman who is probably the best-run blocker on the squad
- Rob Havenstein- 6-foot-8 330-pound veteran behemoth who handles the right tackle position
Five starters appear to be set. Now, what do we know about them?
Young talented group
The Rams starting offensive line appears to be a cohesive bunch of players for the foreseeable future. While you may or may not be warm and fuzzy about them, this is a unit that was not slapped together out of some reaction, not by piecemeal. It’s clear that the Rams front office worked very closely with the coaching staff to assemble what appears to be the projected starting line for the 2022 NFL season.
But that’s only part of the work, isn’t it? By promoting both Noteboom and Shelton into starting roles, the moves create new voids in the backup roles that both had filled considerably well in 2021. So even as question marks form over the starting unit, more concerning question marks now appear over the players who will take over in case of injury.