THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - After an offseason focused on addressing immediate needs on defense, the Los Angeles Rams looked to the future of their offensive line by selecting TCU tackle Joseph Noteboom on Friday night in the third round with their first pick of the NFL draft.
A three-year starter for the Horned Frogs, Noteboom was drafted 89th overall and could eventually be the successor to 36-year-old Andrew Whitworth at left tackle. Noteboom played left tackle in his final two seasons at TCU and was an honorable mention All-Big-12 selection last season.
Noteboom made 40 career starts, appeared in 53 career games and was also a four-time first-team all-conference academic selection.
The Rams were originally set to make their first selection with the 23rd pick in the third round but made a trade with Oakland, picking up a sixth-round pick for moving down two spots from 87th overall.
The Rams did not have a first-round pick after trading with New England for wide receiver Brandin Cooks earlier this month. They dealt their second-round pick to Buffalo for wide receiver Sammy Watkins in August.
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