• By Jim Thomas
The big surprise of the 2014 first-round for the Rams was that there were no surprises. Specifically no trades.
But it’s not as if the Rams didn’t try. After picking Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at No. 13 overall, coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams tried to move back into the first round to grab Notre Dame offensive tackle/guard Zack Martin.
Most observers felt Martin wouldn’t get past the New York Giants at No. 12 overall. But the Giants threw a curve ball by selecting LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham at that spot.
True, the Rams took Auburn offensive tackle/guard Greg Robinson at No. 2 overall, but they felt highly enough of Martin to make a run after him.
Fisher and general manager Les Snead said Martin, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, and Donald were all in play for the team at No. 13 overall – and all three were available. But Donald, obviously, was their first choice of the three.