A’Shawn Robinson: A-
I think for what the Los Angeles Rams had to work with, signing A’Shawn Robinson was a really good move for the team. In theory, the Rams could have made better moves, but with the salary cap implications among other things, Robinson was the right player to bring in.
The Rams signed Robinson two a two-year, $17 million contract, so it is not like the is going to be overly restrictive on the cap. What I like about the deal is that it gives the Rams a multi-year option, instead of the one-year options that the team has been filtering through the offensive line.
Robinson is going to replace Michael Brockers on the defensive line and while Brockers has been better in recent years, Robinson has the potential to be very effective in Los Angeles. He has put together great seasons for the Detroit Lions in the past and alongside Aaron Donald, Robinson will maximize his talents.
He is a solid run-stuffing defensive tackle that can clog the lanes upfront. Robinson is perfectly suited for nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme and at the very worst he is going to help the Rams’ run defense.
Alongside Donald, we could see Robinson get to the quarterback slightly more as well. He has never been a pass-rush specialist, but we have seen the kind of impact Donald has on the line, creating favorable matchups for those around him.
At this point, the Rams kind of have to go all-in and butt up against the salary cap max in order to fill the holes on the team. Because of that, this is a good, efficient signing by Les Snead.