NFL notes: Rams give up on Robinson, trade him to Lions

Rams give up on Robinson, trade him to Detroit for pick

He was the second player chosen in the 2014 draft, an offensive lineman the Rams envisioned as a franchise cornerstone.

Instead, Greg Robinson could never overcome the penalties and protection issues that plagued him as an overmatched left tackle.

After new coach Sean McVay moved Robinson to the right side and evaluated him through off-season workouts and mini-camps, the Rams finally made a move.

On Thursday, they announced that they had traded Robinson to the Detroit Lions.

In return, the Rams received a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft.

“We felt like it was going to be something that was best for our team and best for Greg,” McVay said.

Robinson’s departure was the latest in a series of housecleaning moves that began months ago when the Rams traded, released or let several players from the Jeff Fisher era leave as free agents.

General Manager Les Snead survived Fisher’s firing, but his selection of the 6-foot-5, 334-pound Robinson will be remembered as a major mistake.

Robinson, 24, was among eight players the Rams acquired through the 2012 trade that enabled the Washington Redskins to select quarterback Robert Griffin III. Linebacker Alec Ogletree and defensive tackle Michael Brockers are the only players that remain on the roster.

The Rams chose Robinson, who played at Auburn, one pick after the Houston

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