The St. Louis Rams have made their first selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson with the second pick of the first round. This comes after the Houston Texans selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, taking one option off the board for the Rams.
The Rams’ selection of Robinson will not come as a surprise to most. He was nearly unanimously projected to go at pick two by national pundits, and he’s widely regarded as the top tackle in the draft. In addition, Jeff Fisher has a history of plucking heavily from the Auburn program since his son Trent was a part of the team.
Robinson is definitely a high-ceiling, low-floor type of player. He’s really been a one-year wonder, becoming dominant during his redshirt sophomore year and then declaring for the draft following the season. He’s been praised for his exceptional athleticism at over 330 pounds and his dominant run-blocking ability. With that said, he still is largely an unknown as a pass blocker, and he’ll need to be successful in that facet of the game if he is going to be a star in the NFL. Robinson will likely start off at left guard for the Rams and then kick out to left tackle once Jake Long’s days at the position are over.