May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Greg Robinson (Auburn) poses for a photo with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the St. Louis Rams at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Grading Rams’ First Round Picks


The St. Louis Rams did everything they could to improve their game between the trenches on Thursday, selecting Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald with their two first rounders. Here’s how the picks grade out with us.

Greg Robinson, OL, Auburn: Robinson was arguably the best tackle in this draft, so it’s difficult to fault the Rams for taking him, especially when their incumbent starting left tackle, Jake Long, is an uncertainty moving forward as he recovers from a torn ACL. Assuming that Adam Schefter’s report about the Rams wanting to play Robinson at left guard is true, the Rams filled their biggest need for the present while also getting their left tackle of the future. Robinson should be perfectly fine playing in a phone booth at guard, but as he prepares to be a starting tackle in the league, he needs to improve his pass blocking technique and consistently keep his head in the game so that he doesn’t get put on his back like he did twice during the BCS Championship Game. Overall, though, Robinson has great potential and could certainly end up being one of the better tackles in the NFL before things are all said and done.

GRADE: B+

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: The Rams already had a superstar defensive line that was only being held back a bit by 3-technique tackle Kendall Langford, who was solid but picked up an unspectacular seven sacks over the past two seasons. With the addition of Donald, who won the Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy while picking up 29.5 career college sacks and 66 tackles for loss, the Rams add an elite pass rusher from the interior who will give the Rams the most fearsome third down pass rush of any team in the NFL. It might have made sense for the Rams to make a pick at a greater position of need such as safety, cornerback, or wide receiver, but Donald will make a big impact and quiet the concerns at other positions.

GRADE: A-

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  • Kenny Newhouse

    I don’t like the Donald pick especially when we had more pressing needs. We picked up Alex carrington in the offseason for that reason and we ignored the most pressing need in the secondary.

    • Gary Stewart

      the draft is deep in the secondary so with 10 picks remaining i believe we will be just fine (especially with gregg williams running the defense). what is overlooked is while brockers is a good run stuffer opposing qbs were still able to step up in the pocket now stepping up could get them nailed by donald so they flush out to the left or right into the waiting arms of long or quinn. all this just made the secondary better by giving qbs less time to read the progressions. the corners and safeties do not have to cover as long and with williams aggressive style look for creative blitzes to make life miserable for our opponents!!

      • Gary Stewart

        and as i promised the rams drafted a bunch of secondary help in the later rounds i love this draft and only one guy (haha dix ) was on my list of disappointments but when donald fell to the rams at 13 i was ok with whichever way they went