By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. — The pick: Greg Robinson, offensive tackle, Auburn
My take: This was something of an obvious pick for the Rams, who needed some major reinforcements for the offensive line. There is no bigger addition than the 6-foot-5, 332-pound Robinson. Known as a dominant run blocker, Robinson will take some time to step in and help on the outside but the Rams could easily put him on the Jonathan Ogden plan and play him at guard before he moves outside to tackle. Offensive line coach Paul Boudreau is known as one of the best line coaches in the league and though Robinson is a bit raw in pass protection, Boudreau is just the man to help him reach his potential. In the meantime, Robinson’s reputation as a bully in the run game is the ideal fit for what the Rams want to be offensively. Jeff Fisher and coordinator Brian Schottenheimer want to run the ball first and foremost and Robinson should allow them to do it against the dominant defenses in the NFC West division.
Fisher’s first: Much has been made of Fisher’s apparent avoidance of offensive linemen in the first round in his nearly two decades as a head coach. Fisher has made 17 first-round picks in his career without drafting an offensive lineman, by far the most in the modern NFL (since 1967). The next highest is Steve Mariucci with 11. However, Fisher long maintained that he didn’t have an aversion to drafting linemen in the first. His teams in Houston and Tennessee were loaded with top tackles like Brad Hopkins for many years which mitigated the need for an offensive lineman early, especially a tackle. With Robinson on board, Fisher clearly hopes his newest addition can enjoy a similar career.