The 2014 NFL Draft was supposed to springboard the Rams into contention.
Armed with two top-thirteen picks in the first round thanks to the RG3 trade with Washington, the Rams seemingly filled two crucial positions with DT Aaron Donald and #2 overall pick OT Greg Robinson.
Robinson was the top rated tackle in the draft (ESPN’s second overall prospect in the draft). Only a two-year starter for the 2013 runner-up Auburn Tigers, Robinson quickly developed into a star, earning First-Team All-SEC Honors in his final season as a redshirt sophomore.
With OT Jake Long on the roster, Robinson started out at guard and played decently to start off the season. However, once thrust into the full-time LT role due to an injury for Long, Robinson has struggled ever since.
In 2015, Robinson was flagged 16 times for various infractions (mostly holding). Not only did Robinson struggle with the physical demands of the game, but he also made a lot of mental errors as well. However, Robinson vows to make 2016 his "biggest year" of his career by solidifying the left side of the offensive line with G Rodger Saffold (roster preview).
Robinson is an elite talent and after working hard with O-Line guru LeCharles Bentley this offseason, more of the potential may be coming to fruition this upcoming season.
Greg Robinson is working with @OLineWorld65 this offseason potential is scary with him.— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) March 17, 2016
Greg Robinson was drafted to be the bookend left tackle for years to come. It’s highly unlikely that he will face any serious competition from anyone on the roster unless due to extremely poor performance or injury.
The O-Line group will be an interesting development considering all of the young draft capital invested in the group. It’s unlikely that the Rams will carry ten linemen like last year, but Robinson’s position should be safe.
The Rams used the second overall pick for a game changer. The expectation is for Greg Robinson to come through and deliver on his potential, starting this year. Personally, I believe Greg Robinson will be improved for this year, starting to show off the elite athleticism and ability.
As he said himself, this is truly the "biggest year" of his career.
Chances of Making Final Roster (10/10)
Jeff Fisher has NEVER spent a first round pick on an offensive lineman until Greg Robinson which shows how much he loved the potential.
For the sake of Rams fans and my personal sanity, let’s hope Robinson comes through.