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Rams Gab Position Preview – Tackles

We are going to be previewing every position on the Rams here at the eve of training camp.  Next up are the tackles and their official left or right position is in parentheses.  However, most tackles prefer to play one or the other and that may not be what is listed.

Jason Smith (LT)

Number 2 overall selection in the 2009 NFL draft for the Rams was Jason Smith, tackle out of Baylor.  He’s a big strong tackle with good size and strength and a nasty streak that will help the Rams dominate in the running game.  He is listed at left tackle, but he will start this season at right tackle, using his size and strength to support the running game.  Smith came from a pass happy offense at Baylor in the Big 12, but should adjust nicely to the right side of the Rams line.  If the Rams do not resign Alex Barron (or even if they do) look for Smith to move to left tackle next year.

The rest of the tackles are after the jump.

Alex Barron (RT)

Alex Barron is listed at right tackle, which is where he has spent most of his time because of the presence of Orlando Pace at left tackle.  Barron is best known for his proclivity for penalties and more specifically the false start variety.  However, as backwards as this sounds, he is much better at left tackle.  Left tackle calls for more pass protection drops and more finesse, which is right up Alex Barron’s alley.  It is not that he is not tough, but he is more of a technique tackle than a mauler.  Either way, look for improved play from Alex Barron on the left side of the St. Louis Rams’ offensive line.

Adam Goldberg (LT)

We covered Adam Goldberg and his importance to the Rams here.

John Greco (RT)

John Greco is another vertistle tackle who can also play guard.  He filled in admirably for Jacob Bell in 2008 when he was hurt.  Some scouting reports coming out of college thought that he had limited upside and would have a career similar to Adam Goldberg in that he would be a flexible offensive lineman who could play 3-4 spots on the line.  The Rams obviously like Greco enough that he was first off the bench for a fill-in at left guard.

Renardo Foster (LT)

The Rams claimed Renardo off waivers this offseason from the Atlanta Falcons.  Foster started 2 games in 2007 as a rookie before tearing his ACL.  Pro Football Talk has the scouting report for Foster.

Foster, a 6’7,” 340-pound former All-Big East Conference lineman from Louisville, started two games as a rookie with the Falcons in 2007 before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Foster held up against New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora and New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith as a rookie, not allowing any sacks.

If he can stay healthy and get back on track, Foster could be a great addition for the Rams.

Eric Young (LT)

Eric Young is a mystery player for the Rams as he did not play in 2008, St. Louis Rams official website says that he failed a physical with the Cleveland Browns and was waived.  However, it seems like he went undrafted because of the injury. If in fact he is healthy, he could provide depth and competition for Foster and the other tackles.  He’s a long shot to make the team, and so may be another player on the practice squad if he can stay healthy.

Phil Trautwein (RT)

Trautwein is 6-6 and 308 and was converted from tight end in college.  He was an undrafted free agent after the 2009 NFL draft.  He has some potential with his size and relative inexperience. has him as a nasty and solid in-line blocker, but struggles with speed rushers.  Unfortunetly, he would need to master that skill before ever sniffing the field in a regular season NFL game.  It should be interesting to see what he can do in camp.

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