Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn tackle Greg Robinson (73) in action against Florida State in the 2014 BCS National Championship game. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft grades: St. Louis Rams select Greg Robinson

The St. Louis Rams are in an advantageous position in the first round holding the No. 2 overall selection they got in the Robert Griffin III trade with the Washington Redskins and their own pick at No. 13.

After the Houston Texans began the draft with the selection of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the Rams drafted Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson to protect Sam Bradford.

Robinson has been tabbed as a future Hall of Famer by talent evaluators in the predraft process and has been compared to the recently enshrined Larry Allen because of his power in the run game.

Bradford is likely just as happy as Robinson and his family with the drafting of the hulking offensive lineman after taking a pounding since he was taken with the No. 1 pick in the draft in 2010.

The Rams could have gone with Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins to give Bradford another weapon in addition to last year’s No. 1 pick Tavon Austin, but general manager and coach Jeff Fisher felt the best way for Bradford to realize his potential is with the offensive lineman protecting him than the dynamic receiver.

Robinson can step right in at right tackle if the Rams elect to keep Jake Long at the left tackle where he can develop his pass blocking skills, or they can shift the veteran Long to the right side where he may be a better fit at this point in his career and let Robinson learn on the fly on the blindside. Robinson can even line up at either guard spot, so his versatility is a huge bonus.

Bottom Line: Day 1 starter, future All-Pro and a potential Hall of Famer in the mold of Orlando Pace.

Grade: A+

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