The Rams just picked up offensive tackle Mark LeVoir to help cover for the injured Jason Smith. Is this a good or a bad signing? Here is some info:
1 LeVoir was an offensive lineman for Notre Dame and started 37 consecutive games during the final three years of his college career. (Of course his junior year Notre Dame went 5-7 (2003) and his senior year they were 6-6 (2004)).
2 He went undrafted and prior to being signed by the Chicago Bears in May 2006 here is ESPN’s scouting report,
“LeVoir has average strength and athleticism. He comes off the ball high with adequate initial quickness but struggles to get movement on base blocks because of poor leverage. He is inconsistent sustaining run blocks and has marginal balance and body control. LeVoir has enough leg drive and strength to get movement when he plays with good pad level. He has very good size for pass protection but plays straight-legged and stiff. He struggles to anchor and can get walked back. He does not have the foot quickness to mirror inside counter moves. “
3 LeVoir spent the entire 2006 season and half of 2007 on the Bears practice squad.
4 He was picked up by the Rams in 2007 where he was a member of the active team roster. He saw no playing time.
5 In 2008 (through 2010) he was picked up by the Patriots and started 2 games at right tackle (their starter was injured). He missed 2009 with a shoulder injury and was only active for 6 games in 2010 (he had no playing time).
6. LeVoir was signed by the Ravens for the first 4 games of 2011 (no stats) and now he is ours.
So, if our only purpose is to sign a warm body then “Mission Accomplished”, but if we’re trying to meet any kind of longer term O-line needs (in addition to a lineal back up for Jason Smith), then this might not be the signing we were looking for. Let’s hope LeVoir makes the most of this opportunity and helps the Rams turn things around.