Rams needed a young receiver, and got one
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams' trade with the Falcons has shaken up the draft order. This updated Excel file has shows the full order, with a sheet showing how much firepower each team has for future trades, based on criteria explained here.
The Rams-Falcons trade sent receiver Laurent Robinson and two picks to the Rams for two picks. Robinson started six games as a rookie from Illinois State in 2007, catching 37 passes for 437 yards and one touchdown. A hamstring injury limited him last season.
Robinson has good size at 6-feet-2 and 194 pounds. He wouldn't qualify as proven by most standards, but his credentials make him an immediate candidate to start in St. Louis. The Rams had to do something at the position. They will now hope Robinson can pick up where he left off in 2007 as an ascending young receiver.
Scouts Inc. filed the following breakdown on Robinson:
Robinson is an athletic young player with good size and speed. He can accelerate quickly with a free release but is inconsistent working against the press. Has lateral quickness off the line of scrimmage but does not use his hands well. He eats up ground quickly when defenders are playing off and shows the acceleration to get over the top of coverage. Has good acceleration in the route stem with the body control to make quick cuts.
He has quick feet to get in and out of breaks, can separate with a burst and usually does a good job of working back to the ball. He has shown improvement as a route-runner as he gains experience.
Though he shows good hand and body adjustments he will often try to body-catch when running into traffic. He can adjust to the off-target throw, but has also shown lapses in concentration.
Is a good athlete who can leap and extend to catch a ball at its highest point. Shows the speed to stretch the field vertically and has the strength to run through arm tackles after the catch. Robinson's youth coupled with his size, speed and athletic ability give him a chance to develop into a solid starter.
The Falcons sent the 160th and 196th choices in the draft to the Rams for the 138th and 176th choices.