CONFIRMED: Rams reportedly on the verge of landing popular Michigan veteran

Michigan’s Karsen Barnhart met with Rams brass on Thursday ahead of pro day.

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Karsen Barnhart of Michigan is not expected to go early in the 2024 NFL Draft, but if he is selected, he could be a steal for the Los Angeles Rams, given how well Les Snead’s day two and three picks performed last season. While some have wondered if Michigan may establish a record for the most players drafted in a single year, Barnhart will not receive the same attention as J.J. McCarthy, but he is equally vital in setting that record.

The Rams are so interested in the versatile Barnhart that they spoke with him privately on Thursday, one day before Michigan’s highly anticipated pro day in Ann Arbor.

Barnhart, ranked as a 7th round/priority free agent, is very popular for someone who isn’t expected to go early in the draft. He has already met with the Rams and Ravens, and will next meet with the Seahawks, Giants, and Lions, according to Justin Melo of The Draft Network.

Barnhart scored 15th among guards in athleticism at the combine, but his flexibility, having started at four offensive line positions at one of the country’s premier programs, is possibly his most impressive quality. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com voiced concern that Barnhart is not twitchy enough to flourish at guard, his expected NFL position.

Barnhart, who played numerous positions at Michigan, is expected to be an interior line candidate in the pros. He has good size and length for a guard, but he lacks pop into contact. He lacks nimble, quick hands to get into pass rushers and run defenders for early leads in the rep. Barnhart is a capable technician on double-teams and single blocks, but he rarely uproots and dumps opponents at the point of attack. He is an athletic pull-blocker who fails to excite in any phase.

The Rams have a lot of sixth-round picks; perhaps that’s where they expect Barnhart to be available. If they can get him inside, maybe offensive line coach Ryan Wendell can handle the rest.

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