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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: OL Joseph Noteboom ready to take the leap

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After essentially taking a redshirt year last season, Noteboom hopes to be a strong starter in 2019 at left guard.

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The Los Angeles Rams will have a new starter at left guard this season.

After OL Rodger Saffold III left the Rams in free agency, the Rams were tasked to fill the void next to LT Andrew Whitworth. Last year in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Rams drafted three offensive linemen; Noteboom was the highest drafted of the bunch.

With a 6’5” frame, Noteboom essentially took a redshirt year while the Rams made their way to Super Bowl LIII. He played in mop-up duty and special teams while learning under the tutelage of strong veterans like Whitworth, Saffold and C John Sullivan.

Roster Battle

There is no battle for Noteboom to make the roster. He is penciled to be a starter somewhere for the Rams’ offensive line. Good teams do not draft linemen this high to not start them early. Everything seems to indicate that Noteboom will start at left guard.

Expectations

Everything for the offensive line went very well in 2018 for the Rams. There just wasn’t an opportunity for any of the Rams offensive line draft picks last season. But now with a year of NFL experience under his belt, the expectation is for Noteboom to take the next step as a starter and not miss a beat.

Chance of making final roster (9.9/10)

The Rams invested again heavily in the offensive line in the 2019 NFL Draft in another third-round pick in Bobby Evans along with fifth-round OT David Edwards. Noteboom should be able to beat out any challeneges for a starting spot if a competition even begins to form. Barring something absolutely crazy happening, Noteboom will definitely be on this team as the starting left guard for Week 1.