Rams Coach Excited About Choosing Robinson

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has excellent knowledge about the player his team selected No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft.

St. Louis--Jeff Fisher, head coach of the National Football League's St. Louis Rams, has inside knowledge about the player his team selected with the second pick of the first round of the NFL?Draft.

Greg Robinson, a two-year starter at left tackle at Auburn who put together an outstanding redshirt sophomore season in 2013, is the guy the Rams invested their first pick in for the 2014 draft.

"We're a lot better now," said Fisher, whose son Trent, a safety, was one of Robinson's teammates at Auburn.

"We all know what Greg is capable of doing," the coach noted. "He is an outstanding young man.

"That workout last week was really, really impressive," Fisher said. "We will plug him in where we feel like he has got the best chance to be successful right now. We don't know exactly where that is, but he may start off inside before we move him back outside, but you talk about an athlete--powerful, quick, great strength. He has got a chance to be a dominant player inside initially."

Fisher got the opportunity to watch Robinson in person at Auburn practices and games. "Their system is an explosive, exciting system," the coach said of Gus Malzahn's offense.

"He did more down-blocking and run blocking and turn protection than he did kicking at the tackle position, but he's very athletic and learns very well," Fisher pointed out. "We will get him going quickly."

The NFL coach added that the 6-5, 332 offensive tackle earned the respect of his coaches at Auburn. "Anytime you asked a question it was always a positive response regarding his character and his football character, the way he was, the way he practiced," Fisher said. "He is just an outstanding young man."

Robinson is shown at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Les Snead, who is general manager of the Rams, said he likes Robinson's athletic ability.

"Obviously the power is there, but a big man that tall and that big and he can bend--that means he can get under defensive linemen's pads," Snead said. "He has got a very quick first step to go reach people. He's a dancing bear, there's no doubt about that."

Robinson and defensive end Dee Ford, who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 23rd overall pick, were the two Auburn Tigers drafted in the first round of the draft that will run through Saturday.


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