Former TCU left tackle Joseph Noteboom’s stock is rising ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler named Noteboom among the unpolished prospects in this class who could be “late bloomers.” He was a starter at tackle for the Horned Frogs the last three seasons, but isn’t considered one of the top tackles in the draft. He told ESPN he has a lot of potential to get better at the next level.
“You want to draft a guy you can play with down the road,” Noteboom said. “If a guy has already peaked, then you know what you’re getting rather than guys around the same level who can be really good down the line. I’m on the level to peak. I can get stronger, bigger, learn the game more.”
Noteboom impressed at the NFL combine in March with the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash time among offensive linemen (4.96 seconds). Teams could see that speed and athleticism and see a lineman with untapped potential. Noteboom is ranked as the No. 9 tackle and No. 110 overall prospect in the draft by CBS Sports.
TCU has a history of offensive linemen developing into solid NFL starters after being taken in later rounds. Marshall Newhouse, Marcus Cannon and Halapoulivaati Vaitai all were taken in the fifth round of their respective drafts. They have four Super Bowl rings between them, and Cannon has twice been named a second-team All-Pro.
Noteboom is expected to be selected in the middle-to-late rounds of the draft, which takes place April 26-28.