Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn (5)
The Rams desperately need to find offensive line talent to protect Sam Bradford in the backfield. Even if Bradford doesn’t pan out they will still need help on the offensive front to protect future investments they might make. Greg Robinson is a monster at the tackle spot and a successful combine only helped his stock. The Rams simply cannot afford to pass up on a day-one-starter at tackle with Robinson. With this investment the Rams sure up a tackle spot for years to come.
The Rams have many needs as most teams do that hold a top 5 NFL draft pick, but OT might outweigh them all, especially since they seem locked in to QB Sam Bradford. Robinson has recently shot up draft boards and with the success that the Tigers had this past season it allowed for him to gain more national recognition. He is huge, plays with a mean streak, and especially excelled in the run game. He has everything you look for in a OT (size, arm length, athletic ability). Considering the Tigers weren’t much of a passing team, some scouts have wondered whether or not his pass blocking ability is worthy of a top 2 pick. However the potential is there and when the Tigers passed the ball he excelled in pass blocking.
I highly suspect that the St. Louis Rams will be looking to trade down with this pick in hopes that another team really wants a remaining quarterback or Clowney, but should they decide to use this pick, they take Auburn’s Greg Robinson. He plays a very physical game and was asked to do a tremendous amount of run blocking in Auburn. Jeff Fisher loves conservative football and running the ball is a big part of that. Robinson could be added to this line and win a starting position immediately.
The Rams could do plenty with this pick. Trading down, taking a defensive player, or selecting a receiver could be possible here. They just re-signed Rodger Saffold, and already have Jake Long as the starter at left tackle, but Greg Robinson is a special player, who will be a stable on that offensive line for years to come. The Rams biggest priority in this draft is to get protection and weapons for Sam Bradford. Robinson gets them that protection.
St. Louis owns the 2nd and 13th overall selections in this years draft, so this pick could be trade bait.Assuming the Rams stay put, Greg Robinson would be an excellent addition. Robinson put on a show at the combine, which might have solidified his spot as the top offensive tackle in this class. Jake Matthews could also be under consideration. There is a connection there as HC Jeff Fisher coached his HOF father Bruce Matthews in Tennessee. It seems as though that Robinson has the higher ceiling due to his incredible athleticism.