2014 NFL Draft: The St. Louis Rams select…

2014 NFL Draft: The St. Louis Rams select…

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Thursday we looked at who the New York Jets should select to help quarterback Geno Smith. Now, we’ll look at who can help the St. Louis Rams and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey at No. 2.

Last season, it took some time for the two WVU superstars to get acclimated for the NFL, Austin having a slow start in both the receiving and returning aspects while Bailey didn’t see considerable time until quarterback Sam Bradford went down.

That last part was key. Quarterback Sam Bradford went down.

Bradford, the Rams signal caller, was hurt during the fourth quarter in Week 7, leaving quarterback Kellen Clemens to take over. Bradford tore his ACL and had surgery, putting him out the rest of the season. The injury came when Carolina Panthers’ safety Mike Mitchell ran him out of bounds after a play broke down.

Before leaving with injury, Bradford was sacked 17 times, with 11 of those coming in a two-game stretch.

When a quarterback gets hurt, the next season there is a focus on keeping him out of harms way. He has weapons at receiver with Austin, Bailey and Chris Givens complimented with Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks at tight end.

I don’t like the pick of Jadeveon Clowney or Sammy Watkins.

Instead: Greg Robinson – OT, Auburn

Greg-Robinson-Auburn-Derick-E_HingleThis pick makes too much sense for the Rams, who have another first round pick to strengthen any other needs. Getting a top-tier offensive lineman means a better chance of Bradford staying healthy. People say Clowney is a franchise player, a once-in-a-lifetime player if you will. But that’s how I feel about Robinson.

The Rams have a solid starter at tackle in Jake Long. But, coming off of an awful knee injury, will he be ready? If he is, great, you can put Robinson over at right tackle to take Joe Barksdale’s spot. If Long isn’t ready to go, Robinson can play left tackle. If you feel uncomfortable with Barksdale at right tackle, Rodger Saffold can move over there.

In college Robinson bolstered an offensive line that led one of the nation’s top offenses to a National Championship appearance. Robinson is 6-foot-5 and 332 pounds. That just screams elite. But while size isn’t everything, Robinson also has quickness and can get to the next level, opening up a young running game for the Rams, too.

NFL.com’s draft guru Daniel Jeremiah has offensive tackle listed as the Rams top priority with Robinson leading the charge, saying:

Retaining Rodger Saffold, who has the versatility to play guard or tackle, was a major plus for the Rams’ offensive line — howeverstrange the circumstances behind his return might’ve been. That said, All-Pro left tackle Jake Long is coming off a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, and his status for 2014 is up in the air. With the No. 2 overall pick, St. Louis will likely have a chance to take the top tackle on the board: Greg Robinson. The former Auburn lineman has the size (6-foot-5, 332 pounds) and nastiness to take the Rams’ running game to another level; he also has all the tools to develop into an elite pass blocker.

The Rams need to sure up their offensive line, which struggled last season, if they want to keep pace in one of the league’s top divisions. Calvin-Pryor

St. Louis also picks again at No. 13. Here, I have them taking Calvin Pryor – S, Louisville.

Pryor will provide a much needed pick-me-up in the Rams’ secondary. He brings physicality, speed and toughness to the game, something that will earn him respect quick throughout the league, much like an Earl Thomas-type player.

The Rams got a winner with T.J. McDonald in last year’s draft. They’ll be hoping Pryor can have the same success.



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