The Los Angeles Rams have let the league know that stopping them on offense will not be easy. For two years in a row they have finished as a top-two squad on offense.
Largely this is in part to head coach Sean McVay taking over play-calling duties, but the efforts of team play cannot be overlooked.
Of course, the Rams stars have continued to shine. Running back Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff both finished the year in the top 10 for NFL rushing and passing yards, respectively. During the 2019 NFL Draft, the Rams selected two offensive tackles to help protect those stars.
The Rams third-round pick was University of Oklahoma offensive tackle Bobby Evans, who was praised for his flexible play style by general manager Les Snead, via Cameron DaSilva of TheRamsWire.com:
“We still needed depth, so that’s where we added Evans tonight. And he’s the guy who’s played right and left tackle for Oklahoma, and as you know, Aaron Kromer – he’s going to slide him in at left guard and right guard, too. So, there’s some versatility there. He’s a really smart and intelligent player there that can learn all four,” Snead said after Day 2.
Thanks to Evans ability on both either side of the offense, this should allow the Rams to switch things up. Evans started all 40 games for the Sooners during his three years in college.
The other offensive tackle the Rams selected during the draft was University of Wisconsin junior David Edwards. Edwards was taken during the fifth round and was praised by Snead for his toughness to play through an injury during his final collegiate year.
With the loss of both guard Rodger Saffold and center John Sullivan, some newcomers will get a chance to play for the Rams this season, and Evans and Edwards could both get opportunities right away as rookies.