2018 Raiders Draft Prospect
Name: Joseph Noteboom
Weight: 310 pounds
Projected Round: 4-5
During his career in Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs asked Noteboom to learn an array of techniques. As a result, he developed over time. If left alone with a speed rusher, Noteboom easily meets them at the turn without hesitation. On the other hand, he needs to refine his approach to facing a power end. While Noteboom possesses the strength to match, his punch needs to send a message. Instead of pawing it, Noteboom must drive the hands through the elbows.
With refinement, Noteboom’s agility could benefit him in this aspect. First, he needs to time his burst better. Yet, when he does set up right, Noteboom explodes off the ball and reaches the second level easily. As a result, backs turn four yards into eight.
For Noteboom, minor adjustments remain key. While he owns the requisite strength, playing behind his pads and exploding from the hips consistently eliminates questions.
In this area, Noteboom excels. TCU asked him to pull and trap. To his credit, Noteboom executed, meeting defenders quickly and walling them off. On screens, film shows Noteboom running down field, clearing the way.
For where the Raiders can find Noteboom, he could fit into their plans. With Donald Penn at the end of his career, Noteboom could serve as a caddy until Penn rides off into the sunset. Until then, he could operate on the right side, in order to gain experience. In addition, his athletic skillset looks right up Tom Cable’s alley. Granted, the interior of the line is physical, Cable prefer athletes on the edges to thwart skilled rushers. He turned Gary Gilliam into a decent player. Now, Noteboom is more and boasts more tools. In that case, Cable could instill technique tweaks to overhaul his game. Sooner or later, the Raiders need to get away from the Mike Tice model for younger tackles. Quickness and agility also matter, provided the prospect can buckle down, if needed. For Noteboom, he presents a look at the possible future.