The Los Angeles Rams have traded 2014 #2 overall pick Greg Robinson to the Detroit Lions, in exchange for a 2018 6th round pick. Detroit needed offensive tackle depth after starting LT Taylor Decker underwent shoulder surgery, which will put him out of commission for anywhere between 4-6 months.
“Since we drafted Greg, he has been committed to our organization, his teammates and community outreach,” Rams General Manager Les Snead said in a team press release. “We appreciate his dedication and the effort he’s put forth over the past three seasons. We wish him the best as he embarks on this new chapter.”
Robinson hasn’t panned out as Rams fans had hoped, and 2016 was the tipping point. He showed up at training camp overweight, graded extremely poorly as a left tackle, and was briefly benched late in the season by Jeff Fisher. This is why the Rams signed Andrew Whitworth in free agency. Robinson was supposedly going to move to guard, then plans turned to him giving it a shot at right tackle, but now the strategy has shifted to outright trading him before he can complete his rookie deal.
Greg was one of several Rams players drafted via the infamous trade with Washington, which led to Robert Griffin III going to the Redskins. These are the players the Rams selected through their Washington picks:
Michael Brockers (2012 1st round pick)
Janoris Jenkins (2012 2nd round pick)
Isaiah Pead (2012 2nd round pick)
Rokevious Watkins (2012 5th round pick)
Alec Ogletree (2013 1st round pick)
Stedman Bailey (2013 3rd round pick)
Zac Stacy (2013 6th round pick)
Greg Robinson (2014 1st round pick)
Jenkins is definitely the best of the bunch, but they didn’t re-sign him in free agency (have to reallocate that cash to Tavon Austin, obviously) and he’s coming off a career year with the Giants. Brockers and Ogletree are the only players still with the Rams, although it should be noted that Bailey’s tenure ended tragically due to a near-fatal shooting.
Considering the way RG3’s career has nosedived after a stellar rookie season, it’s not as if the Rams “lost” the trade or anything, but Les Snead was the one who wrote, “Build to dominate using Redskin picks!” Are you seeing the domination right now? I thought so.