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Rams offensive tackle Joe Noteboom has had a whirlwind start to his initial week in Los Angeles. Although the TCU product was drafted by the Rams more than two weeks ago, he arrived at the team's facility for the very first time as an NFL player on Monday.
"We got here yesterday and then we did all of the physical stuff [and] tried on our gear," Noteboom said Tuesday. "This morning we were with the whole team — in the offensive meeting and O-line meeting. [Then] we went out on the field, did some drills and we have some more rookie stuff after this."
And though his schedule will undoubtedly be filled with plenty of firsts — whether it's practices, meetings, or encounters — Noteboom said he was not anxious about beginning his journey with the Rams.
"It's a great opportunity," he said. "To come to a place with good veterans and to a team that's expected to be really good, it's [getting] you to be working at that standard."
That standard shouldn't be too challenging for Noteboom to reach. The offensive tackle had an extremely productive college career at TCU, starting every single game in his last three seasons.
Plus, throughout the pre-draft process, Noteboom showcased his impressive potential at the Senior Bowl. He also enticed many scouts at the Combine by posting a 4.96 40-yard dash — the fourth-fastest time of all offensive linemen.
His speed, Noteboom said, comes from growing up as a multi-sport athlete.
"I did football, basketball, hockey and shot put. I've kind of just always been more of an athletic person, just been able to run fast," he said.
But it's the mention of hockey that surprised many in the room, as it can be difficult to imagine the 6-foot-5,
309-pound athlete on the ice. For Noteboom, however, that experience has helped him grow as an offensive lineman.
"I started playing hockey when I was about four and it definitely helped my footwork," he said. "I played defense, so it was kind of the same with the O-Line — matching with the offensive player. It definitely helped balance my feet and stuff like that."
"I think if you play defense you are trying to protect your goalie at all costs and it's kind of the same with your quarterback," Noteboom continued. "That mentality and how I think playing on the offensive line is the same."
With the right mindset and a solid foundation, Noteboom is excited to continue developing as the Rams offseason program continues.
"Just being more powerful and getting stronger," Noteboom replies when asked what he's like to improve. "I think the feet, the athleticism — just getting up to par with how strong and big these tackles are, [so] being bigger and stronger."