Know Your Enemy: St. Louis Rams, 2014 NFL Draft Round 1

Posted May 8, 2014

A pick-by-pick look at who the St. Louis Rams targeted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The NFC West was the strongest division in football a season ago, posting the best combined record (44-22) across the NFL's eight divisions. The division features the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, last year's NFC runner-up San Francisco 49ers, an Arizona Cardinals team coming off a 10-win season, and a St. Louis Rams squad stocked with quality picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

So with this year's draft finally underway, we think it's pretty important to keep tabs on some of the Seahawks' closest rivals.

Here's a look at what the Rams did on day one of the League's annual event:

The Pick: T Greg Robinson, Round 1, No. 2 Overall

Who He Is: A 6-foot-5, 332-pound offensive tackle out of Auburn University.

What He's Done: Redshirted the 2011 season for the Tigers before starting 11-of-12 games played at left tackle in 2012. Started all 14 games at left tackle his senior season, anchoring the offensive line for the national champion runner-up. Analysis: "Big, strong, athletic, overpowering left tackle with the raw potential to become a premiere, franchise left tackle. Is only a third-year sophomore and two-year starter and still must improve his hand use, footwork and technique. However, he is undeniably gifted and capable of walking into a starting-left-tackle job in the pros and paving the way in the run game."

What It Means: The pick shows the Rams are committed to quarterback Sam Bradford, the former offensive rookie of the year chosen with the No. 1 overall pick back in 2010. There was speculation the club could target a quarterback early in this year's draft, but adding Robinson gives the Rams improved protection on the left side of the line, which Bradford will surely welcome coming off an injury to his ACL. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Robinson is expected to play at left guard and eventually move to left tackle one day.

Seahawks GM John Schneider's Take: "They got a total road grader at tackle. They did a great job."

The Pick: DT Aaron Donald, Round 1, No. 13 Overall

Who He Is: The first defensive tackle off the board in 2014, a 6-foot-1, 288-pound product out of Pittsburgh.

What He's Done: Was the NCAA leader in tackles for loss (28.5) while tallying 11.0 sacks, three passes defensed, and four forced fumbles in 13 starts for Pittsburgh last year. Analysis: "Short, scrappy, instinctive, highly productive defensive penetrator who does not look the part, but inspires confidence he can be an exception to the rule. Is the type you root for and has the first-step quickness, athleticism and motor to emerge as a havoc-wreaking three-technique in a fast-flowing 4-3 scheme such as the one deployed in Dallas, Chicago and Tampa Bay. Compares very favorably to (Tampa Bay 1999 15th overall pick) Booger McFarland and is a key building block and classic scheme fit for Tampa 2 teams."

What It Means: Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told NFL Media personality Mike Silver before the start of tonight's draft that the team's second pick in the first round was "one we're going to have our fun with." Well, how's this for "fun" - an already great defensive line got even greater. Defensive tackle Michael Brockers and defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn have given the Seahawks' offensive line fits in recent years - the group sacked quarterback Russell Wilson 11 times in two games last year. The pick could influence the Seahawks to target some help along the offensive line earlier in this year's draft than they may have originally hoped.

Seahawks GM John Schneider's Take: "If you look at St. Louis, their nickel package now is going to be ridiculous."

What's Next: As it stands, the Rams hold two picks on the draft's second day - one in the second round (No. 44 overall) and one in the third round (No. 75 overall).