Overall, the St. Louis Rams had a phenomenal draft that shows promise for the future. They addressed a few vital positional needs and added depth at positions on the offensive and defensive lines, and in the secondary.
There will definitely be some position battles going camp, a healthy thing for any team to have and something the Rams are not used to. Coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead did a brilliant job of both scouting and selecting players that can contribute to the team right now and fit well into what St. Louis is trying to do moving forward. Hopefully, this new crop of Rams will help get the team over the hump and make them a playoff team in 2014.
The St. Louis Rams’ best draft pick in the 2014 draft was former Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson. Robinson was not only the best offensive lineman on the board but also the best player. Most draft experts had him ranked at number two just behind defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney. Robinson is a dominating physical force with the ability to manhandle defenders and clear gaping holes for running back Zac Stacy.
He will most likely move to left guard next year because the left tackle spot is held down by Jake Long. Robinson possesses the speed and athleticism to pull on outside run plays and get to pass rushers up the middle. If both stay healthy, the combo gives the Rams one of the best left sides to the line in football. Robinson also has experience blocking for the Rams third round pick, Tre Mason. They ran the ball with great success and Auburn and will look to do the same thing in St. Louis.
The addition of Robinson and Mason will give the Rams the opportunity to have a dangerous play-action offense; something they have not enjoyed in a number of years. This will allow Sam Bradford to be more comfortable in the pocket and have time to go through his progressions.
It is indeed true that often the best component in the passing game is an effective and reliable running game. Robinson’s presence on the line will not only clear holes in the running game but open up space downfield. Linebackers will now have to pay attention to the run, leaving them susceptible to Tavon Austin and the rest of the passing attack.
With a young crop of receivers and a quarterback that has yet to fully prove himself, it is clear what the Rams are trying to do. This pick makes a statement to the rest of the league. They are trying to become a more physical team. The addition of Robinson and Mason give the Rams the ability to control both the ball and the clock. They will most likely try to run the ball 30-plus times per game. The Rams are trying to return to the days of Steven Jackson and the physical style of play that granted them success in the past. The addition of Greg Robinson is a genius pick that will the Rams options and stability on offense for years to come