Now that the Los Angeles Rams are likely to have their quarterback of the future, they may want to invest in some more bodies up front to protect him. Here are five potential fits to add to their offensive line.
Max Tuerk, C, USC – Max Tuerk has first or second round talent, but his stock has fallen since tearing his ACL during his senior season at USC. The injury makes him a big risk, but it’s one the Rams should be willing to take in the later rounds of the draft. He’s successfully played every position on the line in college. Not only can Tuerk fill a need at center, but if he’s healthy he can step in at any position if a starter is injured. Tuerk could easily be one of the best bargains of the 2016 draft. If he falls to day three, the Rams need to find a way to draft him.
Evan Boehm, C, Missouri – Evan Boehm is an ideal selection for the Rams if they look at add a center with starting potential. Boehm started a school record 52 games at Missouri, a school that has produced 11 NFL lineman since 2009. Boehm is built like a tank and has the strength to be a beast up front in the NFL. He’s a bit slow and has his flaws, but for a Day 3 selection he would be an interesting pick for the Rams.
Cole Turner, OT, Harvard – Cole Toner is the perfect example of a late round flyer with high upside. He’s got a great build and was a four year starter at Harvard. Questions will come up about the lack of competition Turner played against in the Ivy League, but he impressed scouts by putting on a great showing at the Senior Bowl. He’s got great footwork and solid speed for his size and could prove to be a bargain as a projected sixth rounder.
John Theus, OT, Georgia – Another big body and another four year starter, John Theus is worth a look at for the Rams. He played in a pro-style offense at Georgia and is a proven pass protector. Unlike Turner, Theus faced elite SEC competition during his career with the Bulldogs. Theus could prove to be an asset in the later rounds of the draft.
Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina – Landon Turner is likely to be a Day 3 draft pick, who could turn out to be a solid player in this league. Turner is a beast who’s best known for his strength. He’s a bully in the trenches and loves to impose his strength on his opponent. He’s not very quick, which could become a problem when he transitions into NFL pass protection, but his strength is undeniable. He’d be worth taking a shot on in later rounds.
Steve Rebeiro is a staff writer for Rams Talk and an undergraduate student at Marquette University. For more of his opinions, follow him on Twitter here.