May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Greg Robinson (Auburn) poses with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the St. Louis Rams at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft grades: St. Louis Rams


Mar 26, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher speaks during a press conference at the NFL Annual Meetings. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams play in one of the most competitive divisions in all of the NFL in the NFC West. There are three great teams in front of them at the moment in the defending World Champion Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals.

Because of that, the 2014 NFL Draft this weekend was crucial for Fisher and the team to get some good pieces in place to try and topple all three of those teams in front of them. In all throughout the course of the weekend, thanks in large part to the Washington Redskins wanting RG III so badly a couple years ago, the Rams had 11 picks to find them some gems.

Here’s a look at all 11 of those picks.

Rd 1 – #2(2) Greg Robinson (OT) Auburn ESPN Video
Rd 1 – #13(13) Aaron Donald (DT) Pittsburgh ESPN Video
Rd 2 – #9(41) Lamarcus Joyner (CB) Florida St
Rd 3 – #11(75) Tre Mason (RB) Auburn
Rd 4 – #10(110) Maurice Alexander (S) Utah St
Rd 6 – #12(188) E.J. Gaines (CB) Missouri
Rd 6 – #38(214) Garrett Gilbert (QB) SMU
Rd 7 – #11(226) Mitchell Van Dyk (OT) Portland St
Rd 7 – #26(241) C.B. Bryant (S) Ohio St
Rd 7 – #34(249) Michael Sam (DE) Missouri
Rd 7 – #35(250) Demetrius Rhaney (C) Tenn St

 

That’s a lot of talented players on that list, so let’s have a look at which selection was best, which was worst, as well as the final grade for this year for the Rams.

Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Best Pick: Aaron Donald

With their second selection in the first round at no. 13 overall, Fisher looked in the direction of defense by selecting Pitt’s standout DT Aaron Donald. While the first pick they made in Greg Robinson to protect Sam Bradford was a smart one, Donald may prove to be more beneficial in the end.

Both the 49ers and Seahawks have strong running games, but now with the explosive Donald right in the middle of the line, the Rams have an answer for those attacks. If you can take away the effectiveness of both teams’ run games, you have a chance to get the best of them, and that’s exactly what Donald is here to do now.

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) scores a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Worst Pick: Tre Mason

It’s not a knock on Mason’s talents at all, it’s just that he’s not what the team needs in the backfield. His pass-blocking is shaky, at best, and I’m not sure he translates well to being an in-between-the-tackles type runner in the NFL.

They already have a speedy decoy, one of the best in the league, in Tavon Austin, so forgive me if I just don’t see where Mason fits on this team and what they’re looking to do offensively.

Final Analysis and Grade

Aside from the pick of Mason, Fisher and company made some fantastic moves in this draft. While a lot of people were wondering if they were going to grab a flashy, skill position weapon in either Johnny Manziel or Sammy Watkins with that no. 2 overall pick, they decided to get someone who can help keep Sam Bradford healthy in Greg Robinson, and then followed that up with the great Donald pick.

And of course, you can’t talk about the Rams’ draft without mentioning the team making the most highly publicized pick of the entire event in the seventh round, making Michael Sam the first openly-gay player to ever be taken.

Even that pick was great from a football standpoint. Despite shaky workouts, as even Fisher himself said, this is still the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year we’re talking about.

Final Grade: A-

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  • ricdram

    I don’t forgive you for not seeing where TM
    fits in. Zac Stacy’s running style leaves him
    vulnerable to injuries. A rotation is needed.
    By the way TM was arguably the BEST RB
    in this yrs draft. Additionally IPead may be
    on his way out. Coach Fisher knows a little
    more about his teams needs than you.Look
    somewhere else for “the worst pick”Jacko.