Initial reactions to the St. Louis Rams’ first round


First off, if anyone told me Donald was going to fall to the thirteenth pick, I would’ve been in disbelief. A defensive tackle as talented as Donald falling out of the top-ten selections seemed like a farce. But here we are on Friday, and the newest member of the Rams’ defense is Aaron Donald. Now that I’ve finished celebrating, let’s get to the analysis of the Rams’ first two picks.

No. 2 overall pick: Greg Robinson, offensive tackle

I’m honestly scratching my head a little bit on this one. Not that I don’t think Robinson is an extremely talented prospect, but I’m wondering if tackle really was a need? Long may be coming off an injury, but all reports point to him healing well and Barksdale played very well last season on the right side. Are the Rams worried Long is going to get hurt again? Robinson is apparently expected to start the season at left guard, but

Now onto Robinson’s play.

Robinson is a mean son of a gun. In the run game, he ruthlessly pummels through opposing defenses and drives his man until the whistle. A phenomenal athlete that is expected to make a huge impact in the run game.

Where I worry about Robinson is in pass protection. Auburn ran an unconventional option offense where Robinson wasn’t asked to do an orthodox pass block. I haven’t seen Robinson play in a traditional scheme, and while being athletic may help, I wonder if Robinson will be able to transition into a conventional blocking scheme.

No. 13 overall pick: Aaron Donald, defensive tackle

I am obviously elated to have Donald fall to the Rams at thirteen. Donald is a defensive tackle that can come in right away and plug into the defensive line. He has great push off the line, can penetrate, quick off the snap, great at snapping long-arm blocks, and is very powerful. He has an array of pass-rushing moves that will be useful in third down situations and is stout when it comes to the run. Overall, a great selection for the Rams and now with Donald added to the front four, a question arises: Is this the second coming of the fearsome foursome?

In the end, I still wonder why the Rams selected Robinson over Mack. Jo-Lonn Dunbar has had ample opportunity to make an impression at Sam linebacker and hasn’t really impressed. Especially after grabbing Donald, I wonder how vicious a front seven that starred Quinn, Long, Brockers, Laurinaitis, Ogletree, Donald and Mack would have been.

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