On its face, I absolutely loved the pick. General Manager Les Snead avoided the pitfall of the temptation of taking a linebacker of the immediacy of the need despite having adequacy at the position while adding a talent to groom for the future to replace either aging LT Andrew Whitworth or RT Rob Havenstein who is in his contract year.
Will Noteboom pan out? Time will tell. But at least the Rams didn’t handicap themselves with this one like certain picks of years past. The logic is sound. All that’s left is for the coaching staff to do their job, and to this point they’ve earned the benefit of the doubt.
Here’s what Lance Zierlein had to say in his scouting report at NFL dot com:
Noteboom flashes the technique, hand usage, and athleticism you want out of the position but he doesn’t do those things with enough consistency. His inability to gain and secure positioning as a move blocker is a concern as is his consistency as a finisher in running game. Noteboom was one of the tackles who flashed at the Senior Bowl in one-on-one drills and had a great workout at the Combine. The tape says day three, but his work during the “draft season” should get him drafted on the second day with a chance to become an early NFL starter.
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