It's been a fantastic first two days of the 2014 NFL draft for the St. Louis Rams. They just finished up their final selection of the third round by adding former Auburn running back Tre Mason that broke out on a national stage.
With the 75th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Tre Mason, RB. Auburn.— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) May 10, 2014
The selection of Mason added to an already impressive draft for the Rams. Just take a look below at the first four picks for St. Louis:
|Greg Robinson||Auburn||OT||No. 4|
|Aaron Donald||Pittsburgh||DT||No. 13|
|Lamarcus Joyner||Florida State||CB||No. 41|
|Tre Mason||Auburn||RB||No. 75|
All four of those players are capable of making major impacts as rookies.
In fact, all four of them were considered top-60 players by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. Greg Robinson was his No. 4 overall player, Aaron Donald No. 11, Mason No. 53 and Lamarcus Joyner No. 60.
No matter where you looked, people were enamored with the Rams' draft picks. There were draft analysts:
Robinson, Donald, Joyner and now Tre Mason!!! The Rams are tracking for an A++— NFL Draft Geek (@NFLDraftGeek) May 10, 2014
And former NFL players:
I am liking what the @STLouisRams are doing in this draft!— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) May 10, 2014
Even big network hot shots talked about the Rams, even if they did it only to plug their own product:
While it's easy to get prematurely excited about a draft, all of the picks for St. Louis are special players.
For starters, Robinson has the makings of a truly elite offensive tackle. He has the athleticism, strength, size and body control to start from day one. Now he'll ultimately need time to improve in pass protection, but there's no reason to believe Robinson won't be starting in Pro Bowls for a long time.
Following Robinson, the Rams were able to get one of college football's most decorated defensive players this year in Donald. While he's undersized, Donald possesses a high motor and the ability to make an impact against both the pass and the run. Many considered Donald to be one of the most impressive overall players in this year's draft.
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(As a side note, just how scary is the defensive line in St. Louis going to be? Combining Donald with Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and Chris Long is just unfair to the rest of the NFL.)
Then the Rams made a move up in order to draft Joyner in the second round. Some saw this as a reach, but Joyner's versatility will ultimately make this pick a steal. Joyner will play all over the secondary for the Rams, and his knack for creating big plays will pay off in a huge way.
The final pick of the first two days for the Rams was Mason. He's a shifty back who showed late last year that he can be a workhorse back for an NFL team. He'll be the perfect complement to Zac Stacy and should give St. Louis a dominant one-two punch at the running back position.
Most teams are able to hit on at least one great pick in the draft, but very few get greatness with every selection. That's what the Rams have done through the first three rounds.
For those that thought the NFC West was going to be the most exciting division in football next year, the Rams have made it even better by absolutely crushing the first two days of the draft.