Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
Roger Saffold, the longest-tenured Los Angeles Ram, walked across the stage at AT&T Stadium, suddenly he informs the crowd that the Rams were finally making a selection. Saffold would also remind them of the fact that his team was “The NFC West Champions!” However, as he announced the Rams selection of Joseph Noteboom, the 6’5”309-pound offensive tackle from Texas Christian University, the cheers seemed to quiet down.
The Rams selection caught many of their fans by surprise, as many had expected for a linebacker or pass rusher to be selected. The team is in desired need for filling those voids, as they traded linebackers Alec Ogletree and Robert Quinn this past off-season.
Noteboom, the Big-12 a three-time All-Academic player never missed a game since his freshman year. He started his career at right tackle before sliding over to the “blind-side” tackle his junior year. He is a very agile lineman and has nifty feet that help’s assist him with excellent pass protection skills. (See Video)
Joseph Noteboom Highlights
Viewing the positives by selecting Noteboom, the Rams are gaining a player with an “iron man” background. His durability is showing that he’s a physical player, and is dependable. There are a few flaws that need to correct, but there’s no question in my mind, its nothing Aaron Kromer (Rams offensive line coach) can fix.
Andrew Whitworth, the Rams starting left tackle, with about two good seasons to play, the young Noteboom can potentially become Whitworth’s replacement. The Rams captain can become a great teacher to Noteboom by teaching him the tricks and ropes of the game.
The Rams have a total of eight selections (three fourth round and five-six round), when they pick tomorrow, adding one additional pick via trade by the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders used that pick to select LSU’s Arden Key from the draft spot that the Rams initially were to choose. Expect for the Rams to go defensive heavy when they start at pick #111 tomorrow afternoon.