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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: OL Bobby Evans looks to be a building block

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The versatile lineman from Oklahoma blocked for back-to-back Heisman winners. Now, he looks to forge his own path in the NFL.

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The Los Angeles Rams continue to be diligent in building upon the foundation of their offense. The offensive line has been a huge asset as arguably the best position group of the team with stud veterans like LT Andrew Whitworth. However, this year brings change to the offensive line as OG Rodger Saffold III left in free agency and C John Sullivan was waived.

The Rams have planned for this by spending significant draft capital in the past two drafts. The 2018 NFL Draft yielded OL Joseph Noteboom, Brian Allen and Jamil Demby; the 2019 NFL Draft brought in OT David Edwards and Bobby Evans.

Roster Battle

Unlike last season, there is some turnover and opportunity for offensive linemen. Coach Aaron Kromer already is intrigued by Evans’s versatility and experience on both the left and right side. Even though Evans was a third-round selection, there’s a very good chance his rookie season will be like Noteboom’s last year — spent on the sidelines. Ultimately, Evans probably doesn’t have a battle for a roster spot but there’s not a real “battle” to win a starting job this year most likely.

Expectations

Sosa Kremenjas did a great job of breaking down Evans after the draft. At the minimum, the expectation is for Evans to be able to play four of the five positions and next season have a real opportunity to be a starter somewhere with center and right tackle the only two spots ruled out.

Chances of making the final roster (9.99/10)

Third-round picks are usually very safe, especially ones that are traded up for. Evans is likely a solid bench OL this season with potential to be a starter in 2020.