The Los Angeles Rams are looking to refresh their aging offensive line. Georgia C Lamont Gaillard may be a player the Rams could draft to achieve that goal. The Rams did cut John Sullivan earlier this year. Also, adding some competition for Brian Allen couldn’t hurt.
College Stats and Honors:
- 2018 Offensive Up Front award winner.
- Became a stater in every game since 2016.
- 2018 team captain.
What’s immediately clear about Gaillard is size isn’t an issue. The former Georgia Bulldog comes in measuring 6’2″ and weighs about 305 pounds. Scouts thought that that Gaillard would have to put on weight to be competitive at an NFL level. He came into is Pro Day with the extra weight and this may intrigue a few more scouts.
Gaillard did mention that Georgia’s pro-style offense did help him prepare to play on the NFL level. He also stated that pro-style offense allows him to read defenses better. Georgia in the last couple of years have excelled on the ground game, producing notable RBs like Sony Michel. Part of the reason for the success is thanks to offensive linemen like Gaillard.
Skills are essential of an offensive linemen, Gaillard has a reputation for strategically using his hands. Combined with his superior upper body strength, Gaillard tends to overpower his opponents with the use of hands and strength. His overall powerful frame gave him an edge over opponents who tried to rush him straight up at the line of scrimmage.
Gaillard does have some difficulty moving laterally. He struggles with quick gap shooters or opponents with a second or third move to counter Gaillard’s hand and strength techniques. Improvements here are crucial in a league where defensive penetration is constantly evolving. In the NFL level, every defensive linemen possesses incredible strength. Relying on strength alone will not cut it at the NFL level. Techniques are just as important to an offensive linemen’s success.
Expected Draft Round:
Gaillard would thrive in a system that relies on zone blocking. As it stands, Gaillard is projected to be selected somewhere in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Rams do need to find more depth on the offensive line. A player like Lamont Gaillard would provide healthy competition and is capable of a reserve role in a pinch.