Rams take OT Robinson with 2nd pick of draft

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - It was not a huge surprise to Greg Robinson when the St. Louis Rams made him the second overall pick of the NFL draft.

The team telephoned the Auburn offensive tackle earlier Thursday. Both parties said it was just to confirm they had the right number, standard practice according to coach Jeff Fisher.

“Kids like to change phone numbers these days,” general manager Les Snead added.

Robinson took it as quite a hint.

“It was just so unbelievable, I couldn’t believe it,” Robinson said. “I didn’t want to get any high expectations or get my hopes up and something go wrong. So, I just waited it out.”

The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Robinson was a third team All-American at left tackle last year, starting every game for the national runner-ups. The Rams need immediate help at guard, but Robinson could start at left tackle to begin the season if Jake Long isn’t ready to go after offseason knee surgery.

“You talk about an athlete,” Fisher said. “He has a chance to be dominant player inside initially.”

The Rams used their second pick of the first round to bolster the defensive front, taking Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald - undersized but highly productive - with the 13th overall selection. Donald boosted his stature in the Senior Bowl.

“We’ve got to get better, so we did today,” Fisher said. “We definitely needed to address both sides of the ball up front.”

The Redskins desperate for the Rams‘ second pick in 2012, giving up their first-rounder to move up four spots and handing over first-round picks in 2013 and ‘14. Snead said there wasn’t much interest from teams looking to move up to No. 2 this year, mentioning Buffalo as the “most motivated” to make sure it landed wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Fisher said they were unsuccessful in a bid to trade up and get guard Zach Martin, who went to Dallas on the 16th pick.

Donald joins a bevy of former high picks and high dollar free agent pickups, with ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long and tackle Michael Brockers all former first-rounders. His first test might be bumping heads with Robinson.

“I’m real excited,” Donald said. “Best defensive line in the NFL. I’m real pumped up about that.”

Robinson said the Rams (7-9) hadn’t discussed where they wanted to put him. He played some guard in high school in Thibodaux, La., and could be the replacement at left guard for Chris Williams, who took a free agent deal in Buffalo.

“Whatever they ask of me, I’m willing to just step in and try to help the best that I can,” Robinson said.

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