Canadian DL Michael Hoecht makes LA Rams’ 53-man roster

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Canadian defensive lineman Michael Hoecht has made the LA Rams’ 53-man roster, per source.

The Oakville, Ont. native spent the entire 2020 season on the team’s practice roster and showed impressive development over the year, earning a promotion to the active roster for 2021.

He made an impressive strip-sack on Denver Broncos’ quarterback Drew Lock during the preseason, which drew attention on social media.

Hoecht signed with the Rams shortly after going unselected in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has extraordinary athleticism for his six-foot-four, 310-pound frame as he demonstrated at his virtual pro day. He ran a 4.65 forty-yard dash while putting up 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press — a solid combination of speed and strength.

Hoecht put his physical tools to good use at Brown University, recording 158 total tackles and 17 sacks. He was one of the top players available in the 2020 CFL Draft, going tenth overall to the Ottawa Redblacks.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.