The Los Angeles Rams have decided to move on from offensive tackle Greg Robinson after only two seasons. The team traded Robinson to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 sixth round pick.
The Rams spent the second overall pick on Robinson in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played left tackle and struggled mightily his first two seasons. This offseason, the Rams signed Andrew Whitworth to take over at left tackle. Robinson was moved into a competition with Rob Havenstein at right guard and right tackle, but by OTAs, Jamon Brown had supplanted Robinson on the depth chart.
The Rams held on to Robinson two years longer than the San Francisco 49ers held on to A.J. Jenkins after the 2012 NFL Draft. Jenkins was the No. 30 pick and after one season with the 49ers was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for Jon Baldwin. Robinson is the bigger bust in the sense that I believe he was a significantly safer pick when the Rams grabbed him at No. 2. The 49ers surprised most everybody when they drafted Jenkins at No. 30.
The Rams offensive line has been a big problem, and heading into Jared Goff’s second season, it remains a big problem. Whitworth is an improvement, but they did not do much else, and are hoping new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer can help boost the underperforming group.