The Rams used their top pick in 2018 on a lesser-known tackle out of TCU. That player, of course, was Joseph Noteboom.
They drafted him with the plan that he would replace Andrew Whitworth eventually as their starting left tackle, not knowing exactly when Whitworth would decide to retire. The Rams probably thought Noteboom could take over as early as 2019, but Whitworth signed a three-year extension in 2020 and still has yet to retire from the NFL.
On Monday, the Rams committed to Noteboom long-term. They agreed to a three-year deal worth up to $47.5 million, with a base value of $40 million and $25 million guaranteed.
Whitworth is still on the roster as of now, but this extension for Noteboom indicates that Whitworth is likely on his way out. And after four years of patiently waiting for his opportunity to start, Noteboom is finally getting his shot.
He’s gotten the chance to start here and there before, but never as a full-time player at tackle. In 2019, Noteboom was the starting left guard for six games before getting injured. He looked overmatched on the interior, struggling with stronger defensive tackles.