Rams Select Greg Robinson Second Overall

Posted May 8, 2014

The St. Louis Rams drafted former Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

In something of an anomaly, Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher entered this spring having managed to oversee 18 drafts as an NFL head coach without picking a single first-round offensive lineman.

He picked a good year to end the streak.

With the first of two first-round draft selections, the Rams bolstered their offensive line by drafting Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson.

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Widely acclaimed as the superior run-blocker available in the 2014 draft class, Robinson will join an offensive line that guided the Rams to 1,752 yards on the ground in 2013. Robinson helped lead Auburn University’s top-ranked rushing attack in 2013, guiding the Tigers to the BCS National Championship game. Perhaps the only member of the Rams more pleased with the selection than Fisher and General Manager Les Snead would be running back Zac Stacy, who could be in line to follow up his breakout rookie season with an even more productive sophomore campaign.

The 6’5,” 332-pound Robinson becomes just the fourth offensive tackle chosen by the Rams in the first round in the past 20 years, a short list headlined by seven-time Pro Bowler Orlando Pace. He also becomes the first offensive lineman chosen by Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher in the first round in Fisher’s head coaching career.

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Though Fisher and General Manager Les Snead remained noncommittal regarding whether Robinson will appear at tackle or guard in 2014, Fisher seemed to lean toward the notion of beginning Robinson’s career as a guard. Fisher’s teams have long favored a run-oriented offensive scheme, making the prospect of Robinson playing alongside left tackle Jake Long an enticing proposition.  Though Robinson has built a reputation as a run-first tackle while at Auburn, the Rams’ head coach is confident in Robinson’s ability to be more than capable in pass protection, as well.

“We all know what Greg is capable of oing, and that workout last week was really, really impressive,” Fisher said. “We’ll plug him in where we think he has the best chance to be successful right now. We don’t really know where that is. We may start him inside before moving him back outside. You’re talking about an athlete with power and great quickness and strength. We think he has a chance to be a dominant player inside initially.”

“He’s very, very athletic and learns very well,” Fisher continued. “‘Bou’ (Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau) will get him going quickly.”

During his pre-draft visit to Rams Park, Robinson left an indelible impression on Boudreau, who now has arguably the draft’s most talented offensive lineman under his tutelage.

““I had a great vibe,” Robinson said regarding his visit. “Coach Boudreau was so fired up just to work with me and I could tell that he’s going to be a great coach. After I finished the workout he was like, ‘Okay, it’s time for the board. Just be yourself. You’ve got eyes on you, so just make the best out of it.’ I took that advice. I knew they were very interested and a lot of people were projecting me to go there, but I just wanted to wait it out just to make it seem more real because I didn’t want to think I was there before it actually happened.”