2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Rams
This redshirt sophomore will be one of the youngest players available in the 2014 NFL Draft. Robinson declared early after only being three years removed from high school and for good reason. He was an integral part of the Tigers' run to the BCS National Championship game. Robinson anchored the left side of the line and could likely do the same for years to come at the next level.
Ideal size, length and strength for an offensive tackle. Broad shoulders and long arms. Excellent lower body strength. May need one year on the right side just to get a feel for the league before moving over to the left on a permanent basis. Not quite all there in pass protection. Youth will work in his favor as teams view him as a blank slate for development.
Very good run blocker. Anchors down well. Good knee bend. Drives through his core to knock defenders off their assignment. Quality foot speed. Can move out to the second level well. Footwork technique still a bit raw. Maintains a good pad level. Not much experience at tackle.
Robinson is one of the premiere offensive tackle prospects in this class and that's why he projects as a Top 5 or 10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Donald is an undersized prospect with one of the best bursts off the snap in this draft class. His ability to hit the edge is really something special and it alone could carry him into the back-end of the first round. He'll have to prove he can hold his own given his light frame in the weeks and days leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.
As mentioned, possesses elite speed and very active hands. Excellent ability to keep blockers at bay and explode along the edge. Pass rush regularly pushes quarterback forward into the pocket. Shoots the gap regularly.
Light weight makes him a bit of a liability against bigger blockers. Will get engulfed and completely taken out at times. Makes the most of his lower center of gravity and will drive into blockers. If an offensive lineman plays too high, he will have serious problems with Donald. Uses hands well to establish position and get first contact. Good closing speed in backside pursuit. Quicker than he is fast. Average straight line speed. Could be a career pass-rush specialist that is featured heavily on 2nd/3rd and long.
Donald projects as an early first round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
An undersized corner who has to play bigger than his size, Joyner is a well-rounded prospect with experience all over the defensive secondary. He will have to prove to scouts that his lack of size won't hurt his ability to play with the big boys in the NFL.
Doesn't shy away from contact and can make clutch tackles in the open field. Delivers a lot of pop considering his size. Excellent fundamentals in coverage. Reads and reacts quickly with little to no wasted motion. Can quickly diagnose run versus pass. Average ability to break on the ball. Tracks the ball well and has good body control when up in the air to contest a pass. Aggressively goes after the football to disrupt the catch.
Showed decent range when at safety. Average straight line speed given his height. Good, but not great technique in his lower half. May not have the hip fluidity to cover slot receivers. Looks to stay physical with receivers throughout their routes. Uses physicality to his benefit in press coverage.
Joyner projects as a late first to early second round prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Mason finished on a high note in 2013, despite Auburn's loss in the National Championship game. The runner ended up breaking many important rushing records at a school known for producing many talented running backs. With a strong combine, he could become one of the first few backs selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Mason is a compact back who really hits the hole fast. Always moving and falling forward. A true north-south, decisive runner. Great footwork. Churns through arm tackles. Excellent low center of gravity. Lacks that ideal second gear as a runner so he probably won't break off a lot of big runs. Solid hands as a receiver. Would describe his running style as a "carver." Doesn't try to juke defenders or run them over, instead relies on angles to maximize yardage.
Limited durability concerns. Would be an excellent option in a split backfield. Can contribute on special teams as a returner.
Mason projects as a late second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Unlikely to see enough carries and playing time to make an immediate impact. Very little redraft value. Definitely a Top 5 rookie RB. Second round pick in dynasty rookie drafts.... [Read More
Sam's stock has plummeted and it really has nothing to do with his decision to announce publicly his sexual orientation. He lacks the size to play defensive end and certainly is not athletic enough to transition into a 3-4 OLB. Sam will need to bulk up to play defensive end; however, his already lacking quickness and speed would only be further compromised.
Long arms, uses them well. Solid first step and anticipation to break on the ball. Consistent hard-worker, no red flags. Really lacking acceleration. Like a big SUV making a slow turn through an intersection. Needs to show more snap and viciousness on the edge. Decent anchor to hold ground against run blocking. Limited range versus the run. Plays better when tracking the QB and working his opponent back into the pocket. Really peaked as a senior.
Disappointing combine with below-average vertical and 40-yard dash. Could find a home on a defense that plays aggressive and downhill and doesn't ask their OLBs to do a whole lot in coverage. Had a special senior season that could earn him an undrafted free agent contract in the end.
Sam projects as a late flier in the seventh round, but will likely go undrafted in the 2014 NFL... [Read More