The big surprise of the 2014 first-round for the Rams was that there were no surprises. Specifically no trades.
But it’s not as if the Rams didn’t try. After picking Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at No. 13 overall, coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams tried to move back into the first round to grab Notre Dame offensive tackle/guard Zack Martin.
Most observers felt Martin wouldn’t get past the New York Giants at No. 12 overall. But the Giants threw a curve ball by selecting LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham at that spot.
True, the Rams took Auburn offensive tackle/guard Greg Robinson at No. 2 overall, but they felt highly enough of Martin to make a run after him.
Fisher and general manager Les Snead said Martin, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, and Donald were all in play for the team at No. 13 overall – and all three were available. But Donald, obviously, was their first choice of the three.
But any hopes of landing Martin ended when Dallas grabbed him at No. 16 overall.
The Rams were talking to Baltimore at No. 17 overall about moving up for Martin.
“It would’ve been pricey but worth it,” Fisher said. “That was a good pick by the Cowboys.”
When it came to trading out of the No. 2 pick, there wasn’t much action for the Rams.
“There were a few calls,” Snead said. “Buffalo (went) up to get their guy — Sammy (Watkins) — so they were probably the one team that was the most motivated. But we felt like Greg (Robinson) was a piece of the puzzle that was going to help us, help control that line of scrimmage because in our division you’ve got to be physical.”
So the Rams held at No. 2 and took Robinson. Buffalo moved up from No. 9 overall with Cleveland at No. 4 to take Watkins, the gifted wide receiver from Clemson.
In terms of trade calls at No. 13, Snead said, “A couple teams called but we were set on the pick. We were jacked (Donald) was there, so it was: we’re really not doing anything, we’re done.”
Some mocks had Donald going as high as No. 7 overall to Tampa Bay.