As part of theRams.com's coverage leading into this year's NFL Draft, we will be examining each of the Top 100 picks of the Sean McVay era in Los Angeles. The series continues with a look at offensive lineman Joe Noteboom.
Before joining the Rams
Building upon valuable experience by playing in all 13 games of his redshirt freshman season at TCU in 2013, Noteboom strung together 40 consecutive starts to close out his college career. Of those 40 straight starts, 27 came at left tackle across his redshirt junior and redshirt senior seasons.
Noteboom's college career was also highlighted by being part of an offensive line that helped TCU produce a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season for just the second time in program history, a feat accomplished during his redshirt sophomore season in 2014.
During his redshirt senior season in 2017, he was part of a Horned Frogs squad that ranked No. 5 in scoring and total offense and No. 4 in rushing offense in the Big 12 en route to an 11-3 record and Alamo Bowl victory.
Continuing a familiar trend, Noteboom received invitations to both the 2018 Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. Entering the draft, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein projected him to be taken in the second or third round.
The Rams did not have a first-round pick that year because of the Brandin Cooks trade with the Patriots, nor did they have a second-round pick because of the Sammy Watkins trade with the Bills, so they were not on the clock until the third round, where they used the No. 89 overall pick on Noteboom.
Noteboom appeared in all 16 regular season games and three postseason games as a rookie in 2018. Following Rodger Saffold's departure via free agency to the Titans, Los Angeles named Noteboom its starting left guard entering the 2019 season.
Unfortunately for him, his first season as a starter was short-lived because of a torn ACL and MCL against the 49ers in Week 6 which sidelined him for the remainder of the year.
Noteboom does have a bright, future, though. Rams general manager Les Snead said this offseason that he is a candidate to succeed Andrew Whitworth as the team's starting left tackle whenever Whitworth retires.