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Rams plan to meet with Houston’s Josh Jones

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The former Cougar is would be an ideal replacement for Andrew Whitworth

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Among a laundry list of other NFL teams, the Rams are scheduled to meet with Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones, per Aaron Wilson who covers the Texans for the Houston Chronicle.

Jones is a 6’5, 320-pound blindside protector who started all four years at the left tackle spot while in college. After utilizing a redshirt in 2015, Jones started all 13 games in his first year of action. As a sophomore, he started 10 games, losing two to injury. Jones came back even better, starting all 13 games as a junior but somehow failed to make an all-conference team. The voters came around to Jones eventually and named him a Second-Team All-AAC selection even though he only started the first nine games of the 2019 season before succumbing to another injury.

Jones is the proto-typical left tackle with plenty of length and agile footwork to make any quarterback feel confident in the pocket. He’s not the elite athlete that guys like Tristan Wirfs or Ezra Cleveland are, but he’ll manage just fine with his lateral agility and natural footwork in pass protection. One of my favorite traits of Jones is his un-coachable mentality of wanting to finish his blocks each and every snap. His favorite move is snatching the opponent on the chest and jerking them down to the ground before dropping all of his mass on top of them. It’s demoralizing and a ton of fun to watch.

He’ll likely be off the board before the Rams pick at #52 but he’d be worth the trade up should he fall for one reason or another.