With the second overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft the St. Louis Rams selected Greg Robinson, an offensive guard/tackle with a very high ceiling. However, four games into the 2014 NFL season Robinson had yet to make a start. Until this week Robinson was the only player drafted in the top 15 who had yet to start for his respective team.
Instead the Rams have been starting Davin Joseph who has struggled to say the very least. According to Pro Football Focus, Joseph is the second lowest graded guard in the NFC(-8.3), and has the third lowest grade in pass protection(-8.3). With Joseph starting in place of Robinson, fans were starting to get a little worried.
Well, we can all take a sigh of relief because that is about to change. According the ESPN Rams beat writer Nick Wagoner, Robinson will make his first career NFL start against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
According to Wagoner Robinson handled the majority of the repetitions with the first team in practice all week and has apparently made enough strides to crack the lineup after spending the first four games in a backup and special teams role.
With Robinson entering the line-up not much will change on the offensive line. The second round pick won’t directly replace Joseph, instead Saffold will replace Joseph at right guard where he flourished in 2013 and then Robinson will replace Saffold on the left side.
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Also making rookie headlines tonight in the lineup is Aaron Donald who will replace Kendall Langford. Donald has the 6th highest defensive tackle grade on Pro Football focus and is arguably in contention for defensive rookie of the year with the way that he has been playing.
Buckle up Rams fans and get ready, because the Rams very well could make some noise against the 49ers on Monday Night Football.