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Rams rookie Steve Avila finding transition to NFL easier than high school to college

May 24, 2023 10:06AM
[theramswire.usatoday.com] Rams rookie Steve Avila finding transition to NFL easier than high school to college

Cameron DaSilva
May 24, 2023 11:11 am PT



It’s evident when listening to Steve Avila talk that he’s a confident young man. It’s also easy to see what the Rams liked about him in the draft, enough to select him 36th overall in the second round.

Avila may be a rookie who’s only in his first week of OTAs, but he’s finding the transition to the NFL pretty seamless. During his first press conference of OTAs on Tuesday, Avila was asked whether it’s been overwhelming so far.

He doesn’t feel that way, telling reporters that the jump from high school to college was tougher for him.

“Not really. I know for me, the transition from high school to college was tough, but I feel like you kind of get a taste of how things are a little bit. So this transition was a lot easier. It’s actually my first time being away from home, but again, it’s California. It’s a great place, so it’s been awesome.”

Avila, who grew up in Dallas before attending TCU, is adjusting to life away from home now that he’s living in California – at least for the next few weeks before the team breaks for the summer before training camp. It doesn’t seem to bother him, though, and he’s enjoyed learning as much as he has thus far.

“There’s a lot of younger guys in there too – I’m talking younger, like under 30 – but they all know what they’re doing,” Avila said of the veterans on the team. “Taking in all the coaching I can and it’s definitely a bunch of camaraderie going around. Got a good group of people. I’m learning stuff every day so I know especially being a rookie and how they do things, so it’s all fun.”

The Rams’ offensive line group is especially young, with 31-year-old Rob Havenstein being the eldest. Only Havenstein, Joe Noteboom, Brian Allen and Coleman Shelton are not on their rookie contracts, so it’s a young and competitive group that Avila is joining.
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  Rams rookie Steve Avila finding transition to NFL easier than high school to college

BerendsenRam305May 24, 2023 10:06AM

  He made that declaration after only one OTA?

Ramsdude118May 24, 2023 10:11AM

  Re: He made that declaration after only one OTA?

BerendsenRam103May 24, 2023 10:17AM

  Re: Looks to me like he can back it up already

mtramfan98May 24, 2023 10:26AM

  Re: Looks to me like he can back it up already

BerendsenRam106May 24, 2023 10:29AM

  Re: He made that declaration after only one OTA?

h2omelonhead88May 24, 2023 04:18PM

  Not only that it seems like he's talking as much about "transition"

JimYoungblood5378May 24, 2023 04:27PM

  Actually, I would expect his first day to be tough

Ramsdude54May 25, 2023 03:40AM

  Re: Actually, I would expect his first day to be tough

h2omelonhead53May 25, 2023 07:41AM

  Not sure how "tough" the first day of OTA's can be lol

Ramsdude46May 25, 2023 08:16AM

  Re: Not sure how "tough" the first day of OTA's can be lol

h2omelonhead65May 25, 2023 10:07AM

  Re: Actually, I would expect his first day to be tough

BerendsenRam58May 25, 2023 06:02PM

  Re: Actually, I would expect his first day to be tough

BerendsenRam113May 25, 2023 03:26PM

  I like his confidence.

alyoshamucci134May 24, 2023 10:21AM

  Re: I like his confidence.

BerendsenRam81May 24, 2023 10:41AM

  I think I heard a saying once

Ramsdude88May 24, 2023 12:10PM

  Re: I think I heard a saying once

303075May 24, 2023 06:37PM

  Exactly!!!

Ramsdude47May 25, 2023 03:41AM

  Re: Exactly!!!

BerendsenRam61May 25, 2023 07:54AM

  Makes sense. It's about the blocking used-a mental thing

JimYoungblood5381May 24, 2023 02:17PM

  Re: Makes sense. It's about the blocking used-a mental thing

BerendsenRam76May 24, 2023 04:26PM