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2016 Rams Roster Preview: OT Jordan Swindle Faces Uphill Battle

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Swindle has the potential to be a serviceable backup RT for the Rams, but faces an uphill battle to make the final roster.

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The Los Angeles Rams instituted a 'bigger is better' philosophy in recent years along the offensive line. Each projected starter along the Rams' offensive line weighs at least 300 pounds with 325 being closer to the norm than 300. It's abundantly clear that Jeff Fisher believes the OL needs to be massive in order to establish the dominant running game he craves.

Comparable in size to the Rams' 2015 second-round pick Rob Havenstein, undrafted free agent Jordan Swindle is a monster of a man at 6'7" and 310 pounds. He was a three-year starter at Kentucky (two at right tackle, then at left tackle in his senior year) and was looked to as a leader on the field. What Swindle couldn't do, however, is replicate Havenstein's ascent on draft boards.

Why did he go undrafted while Havenstein went in the second round? Because the saying's right.... size isn't everything.

According to a pre-draft scouting report from FanSided, he frequently gets caught with his pad level too high and lacks the footwork and quickness to keep up with the caliber of edge rushers he will play against in the NFL.

Roster Battle

This is a talented - but raw - group. It's fairly realistic to project a starting OL of Greg Robinson, Rodger SaffoldTim Barnes, Jamon Brown, and Havenstein. After that you have Isaiah Battle, Darrell Williams, Demetrius Rhaney, and Garrett Reynolds to consider.

Swindle's primary competition will be with Williams and Battle for the final tackle spot, but Saffold's and Reynolds' versatility certainly don't help is chances.

Expectations

Come in and show why you were a three-year starter in the SEC, albeit at one of the conference's lesser programs. Show some potential and show OL Coach Paul Boudreau that you're worth keeping around - even if it's only on the practice squad.

Chances of Making Roster (3/10)

I've gone 2/10 with the fringe players, which I feel Swindle fits well with. The difference is twofold: The Rams put a priority on size and have shown in the past that they're willing to carry an extra OL (see Williams, Darrell). I think Williams will have a leg up on Swindle, but he will be able to provide some stiff competition for that final OL spot.