Where exactly did the LA Rams find these offensive linemen who started in Week 2?

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The LA Rams offensive linemen have been onset with a rash of injuries. In just two weeks’ time, the Rams’ group of offensive linemen have already suffered four injuries, two of which have ended the seasons of rookie Logan Bruss and now third-year offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum. The Rams Week 2 starting offensive line consisted of Joe Noteboom, David Edwards, Coleman Shelton, Alaric Jackson, and Rob Haventstein.

If you are asking yourself who exactly are these players, you are not alone. The Rams’ front office has assembled quite an offensive line tapestry from a wide range of sources, often using seldom-used means, and coaching up those players into a formidable and cohesive group.

The unit was hard-pressed to turn its Week 1 performance around. But with the move of Shelton to the center position, and ultimately inserting Jackson into the right guard spot to take over for the injured Tremayne Anchrum Jr, the Rams appear to have found a group that can hold up against NFL competition.

Rams can pan for gold OL players

How did they do?

So where did the LA Rams find their offensive linemen?

Name                                    Acquired
Joseph Noteboom             89th overall pick 2018 NFL Draft from TCU
David Edwards                  169th overall pick 2019 NFL Draft from Wisconsin
Coleman Shelton               signed off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad in 2019
Alaric Jackson                     undrafted rookie signed in 2021 from Iowa
Rob Havenstein                 57th overall pick 2015 NFL Draft from Wisconsin

The average draft position of the Rams’ three drafted offensive linemen is the 105th position, and both Alaric Jackson and Coleman Shelton, arguably the two best offensive linemen on this unit so far this season, never heard their names called in an NFL draft.

But the Rams have more talent in the queue. Watch for the LA Rams International Pathway Program Max Pircher to earn a roster spot in 2023, and his performance has markedly improved in just one year with the Rams already.

Many NFL analysts and pundits are dumbfounded over the LA Rams’ ability to win football games without access to first-round picks in the NFL draft. But when the team can start two offensive linemen who have never heard their name called in an NFL draft, that is a good reason for winning.

And the fact that those same two are the best offensive linemen heading into Week 3, is a good reason to hope for another victory.

Trending. That LA Rams rookie DB from SC State had a huge statement game. light