It pains me to say it, because I deal with St. Louis Rams fans daily, but the St. Louis Rams have had the best first three rounds of the NFL draft. And quite frankly, it’s not even a close race. Let’s take a look at how the Rams have become yet another NFC West powerhouse.
Pick #2: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – With how obsessed people are with Jadeveon Clowney’s athletic gifts, Robinson’s freakish athleticism has been slightly overlooked. But the fact is, Robinson has the capability to become the Rams’ next Orlando Pace. Entering the league, he will immediately be the Rams best offensive lineman and could be at a Pro Bowl level before anyone knows it.
Bringing Robinson in also allows Jake Long to move over to the RT position and potentially keeps him healthier for longer. Between being able to keep QB Sam Bradford off the turf and paving holes for the wealth of running backs the Rams have, Robinson immediately upgrades the offense.
Pick #13: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh – The NFC West is won in the trenches even more than other divisions, and bringing Donald in to cement the defensive line gives the Rams arguably the best defensive front seven in the NFL. I don’t envy the quarterback who has to look over the line of scrimmage to see Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Michael Brockers and Donald staring back at him.
Donald had a 2013 campaign that rivaled the legendary season that Ndamukong Suh had at Nebraska before being drafted. He was arguably the best defensive player in college football last season. By combining him with the talent the Rams already have on the defensive line, their defense immediately jumps to one of the best in the league, and that’s before they add in their third draft pick.
Pick #41, Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida St. – Joyner continued the impressive draft haul for the Rams, as he continues to fill what holes are left in the defense. He has the capability of playing safety but also covering the nickel corner position, both of which are holes for the Rams.
While small in stature, Joyner has the toughness to make hits and the intelligence to be in the right spot on the field. Joyner should be able to step in immediately and help shore up the pass defense for the Rams.
Pick #75, Tre Mason, RB, Auburn – While this pick wasn’t necessarily one of need, the value the Rams get at the 75th pick in the draft was too good to pass up. Mason comes to the Rams with the familiarity of running behind Robinson for the past couple years, and is, in my opinion, the best running back in the draft this year.
Mason doesn’t fill a need, as the Rams already have Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, so one of those guys will not be on the roster once the season comes, but Mason could become a very nice combo back with Stacy.
The Rams have managed to become a team capable of winning it all after just two days of the draft. If Sam Bradford is able to stay healthy and take advantage of the weapons around him, the Rams could surprise people and make a deep run this year.