NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Giants, Patriots trade up; Redskins land defensive help
The Rams have relied on their offensive line heavily in the past couple of seasons, and they were a big part of why they reached the Super Bowl last season. That said, the state of their offensive line is now very different than it was just a few months ago.
Los Angeles has lost a couple of starters on their interior offensive line this offseason. Rodger Saffold signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans while the team let veteran center, John Sullivan, go after not picking up his option.
As of right now, the Rams interior line consists of former third-round pick Joseph Noteboom, fourth-round pick Brian Allen, and Austin Blythe. Needless to say, the team will need to consider bringing in some help there to at least challenge these young players and provide depth on what is looking like a thin offensive line unit.
Late in the first round, Garrett Bradbury is a very solid option for the Rams. He has excellent athletic ability and his movement skills are terrific. He’s a former tight end, so this is no surprise. He has done a lot to help his draft stock and will be competing with Erik McCoy to be the first center off the board.
Bradbury would stand a chance to win the left guard job for the Rams and push Noteboom back to his role as a swing tackle, his more natural position. Bradbury would be a big get for the Rams and would help to ensure that their offensive line doesn’t regress too much after being such a good unit for the past two years.