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 by AvengerRam
6 days ago
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Israel   Longwood, FL
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I feel like the Rams are utilizing something of an "old school" approach to maintaining OL stability.

While some teams have (with a mixed degree of success/failure) devoted first round draft picks and big FA $ to the OL, the Rams philosophy seems to be based upon a belief that non-marquee prospects (i.e. guys who could be had in the 3rd-6th round) can be very effective if they are "redshirted" for a year and coached up.

This year, the Rams let Rodger Saffold leave in FA and said goodbye to aging (and marginally effective) veteran John Sullivan. Enter Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen, 2018 3rd and 4th round picks who spent their rookie year mainly observing and practicing.

Next year, I suspect that the Rams may do something similar. If Andrew Whitworth retires, I suspect that Plan A is either to slide Noteboom into the spot or elevate David Edwards, who is in his "redshirt" rookie season (if Noteboom moves, Edwards would probably take over at LG).

At RG, Austin Blythe, as has been noted by others (max) here, might not be worth a FA contract. And, it may not matter... the Rams have two "redshirt" candidates for his spot in Jamil Demby and Bobby Evans.

For some, the prospect of a 2020 OL consisting of Edwards, Noteboom, Allen, Demby/Evans, and Havenstein might seem frightening. I'm not so sure. In fact, as much as it pains me to say it... restocking in this manner seems consistent with how the Patriots have maintained a high level of play without breaking the bank in the FA market (and rarely having high draft picks).

Let's just make sure nobody steals OL coach Aaron Kromer from us!

 by Dick84
6 days ago
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Italy   LA Coliseum
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Well... yeah.
It’s cheaper in $ and draft capital.
But... as Zack has said.. you have to be good at FA and claiming players off waivers & PS as well.
Whitworth, Blythe & Demby are examples.
I’m very excited about Edwards.. and very unsure about Evans.

 by snackdaddy
6 days ago
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United States of America   Merced California
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Evans was a higher rated player than Edwards. Turns out Edwards looks like the better player. But its also possible Evans just needs more time than Edwards. Its possible Evans will turn out ok with a redshirt year and slowly bringing him along. Maybe one of the first guys off the bench in year two and a starter in year 3. Which will give him two years as a starter while the develop guys behind him. Maybe Edwards turns out to be a solid tackle or guard and he's one of the guys they keep long term. Like they're doing with Havenstein.

 by AvengerRam
6 days ago
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Israel   Longwood, FL
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safer wrote:Isn't Neary on IR? They must like him too, because we kept him after his 502 suspension.


Just released him today with an injury settlement (along with Trevon Young and Dominique Hatfield).

 by fletch59
6 days ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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I like the younger, cheaper redshirt development style, that is, as long as Kromer stays. This coaching job has become increasingly important as far as I'm concerned.

 by AvengerRam
6 days ago
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Israel   Longwood, FL
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Kid Charlamagne wrote:It’s not like they didn’t try using high picks, I guess it was the previous regime though. I still have nightmares about Barron and Robinson.

"The Busts of Coaches Past"... yes, quite frightening (and don't forget Jason Smith :o )

 by /zn/
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United States of America   Maine
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fletch59 wrote:I like the younger, cheaper redshirt development style, that is, as long as Kromer stays. This coaching job has become increasingly important as far as I'm concerned.


Here;s the thing about Kromer v. other Rams OL coaches before him (and the Rams have had some good ones). He has a very strong record not only coaching them, but finding them. So far, he hasn't had a busted OL draft pick since 2012 (and that one was a 7th round pick.)

Hanifan and Boudreau were good OL coaches, but they were not great at picking them in the draft.

If Kromer can keep it up...and it's not that far-fetched to think he can...Rams never have to worry.

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