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How Greg Robinson Fits with the St. Louis Rams

Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, right, poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen by the St. Louis Rams as the second pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Steven GerwelContributor IIIMay 9, 2014

After months of debating and speculating as to what the St. Louis Rams should do with the No. 2 overall pick, it is finally official—Greg Robinson is the newest member of the Rams. 

The pick is a mild surprise considering Jeff Fisher has never selected an offensive lineman as a head coach, but considering Robinson was the best prospect available at the No. 2 pick, it's hardly a surprise. As they say, there's a first time for everything. 

For the Rams—a team that loves to run the football—Robinson is more than ideal. His run blocking is top-notch, and he has the potential to eventually develop into a Pro Bowl left tackle. 

The Rams lost several linemen this offseason, including starting guards Harvey Dahl and Chris Williams. As a result, it's logical to believe the Rams will rely on Robinson as the starting left guard to start his career, and he'll eventually transition to left tackle after Jake Long plays out his contract. 

Dahl—who was cut for salary-cap reasons—was the enforcer of the offensive line last season. That's a role that cannot go unfilled in the hard-nosed NFC West, hence the selection of Robinson, who has tenacity and plays with a mean streak. 

Some have questioned the logic behind drafting a temporary guard that high in the draft, but it has certainly been done before. Hall of Fame tackle Jonathan Ogden—the No. 4 overall pick of 1996—began his career at guard before making the move to left tackle. Robinson will follow a similar path. 

With Robinson opening up the run lanes, it's not unreasonable to believe that second-year running back Zac Stacy will have near-Pro Bowl production in 2014. 

As for pass protection, Robinson has some work to do before he develops into a top-notch protector, but he has the skills to eventually adapt. 

Robinson is a phenomenal prospect and is an All-Pro player in the making. He'll be a key part of the offense for years to come. 


Steven Gerwel is the longest-tenured Rams Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and serves as the Rams' game-day correspondent. You can find more of Gerwel's work by visiting his writer profile or by following him on Twitter.

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