5 Rookies Likely To Start Week 1 For St. Louis Rams

5 St. Louis Rams Rookies Likely To Start Week 1

St. Louis Rams
Jeff Curry- USA TODAY Sports

Much of the attention when it comes to St. Louis Rams rookies has been focused on one Michael Sam and his unique circumstances entering the league, but the truth is the team has higher expectations for other first-year players on the roster in 2014. When the Rams take the field to begin the upcoming season, these five rookies will be looked upon to become starters in Week 1.

5. Marcus Roberson, CB

St. Louis Rams
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

5. Marcus Roberson, CB

St. Louis Rams
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a nice curveball to start things off. Many pegged the talented Marcus Roberson as a potential late-first, early-second round talent late in the mock draft process, but character concerns caused him to slip out of all seven rounds. The Rams pounced on him as a UDFA signing and are poised to reap the benefits. After releasing Cortland Finnegan this offseason, Roberson could easily be the third corner to start the year.

4. Tre Mason, RB

St. Louis Rams
Getty Images

4. Tre Mason, RB

St. Louis Rams
Getty Images

Alright, Tre Mason might not technically be a ‘starter’ per se, but he will be the third-down back when the Rams need some versatility in the passing game. Zac Stacy is the clear starter in the backfield, but Mason will offer some immediate explosiveness to the roster in year one. There’s a reason the Rams released last year’s Week 1 starter in Daryl Richardson, and Mason will be more than capable of filling the role he occupied for much of 2013.

3. Lamarcus Joyner, FS/CB

Lamarcus Joyner St. Louis Rams
Getty Images

3. Lamarcus Joyner, FS/CB

Lamarcus Joyner St. Louis Rams
Getty Images

The Rams actually selected a true safety in Mo Alexander in Round 4, but the versatile Lamarcus Joyner will fit better alongside T.J. McDonald in the free safety role. The secondary in St. Louis has undergone a serious transformation over the past two offseasons, and the addition of Joyner will finally give them a competent center fielder to read and react to quarterbacks as a ball hawk over the middle of the field.

2. Greg Robinson, OT

St. Louis Rams
Getty Images

2. Greg Robinson, OT

St. Louis Rams
Getty Images

Jake Long’s status to begin 2014 is still uncertain, but injured players are always ‘ahead of schedule’ when it comes to rehab. Fortunately the Rams found a guy capable of holding down the LT spot for the next decade if the team chooses to get out from under Long’s huge deal next year. Greg Robinson will likely start the year on the right side if Long is healthy, but if not he could immediately plug in at his natural fit on the blind side.

1. Aaron Donald, DT

St. Louis Rams
Getty Images

1. Aaron Donald, DT

St. Louis Rams
Getty Images

This was the steal of the draft in my opinion as the rich get richer with Aaron Donald jumping into a starting role on the interior of the league’s fiercest defensive front. Explosiveness is already covered with Robert Quinn and power is already doubled up with Michael Brockers and Chris Long. The 2014 season will see a new “Fearsome Foursome” take shape in St. Louis with this group ready to wreak havoc weekly on opposing backfields.

Anthony Blake is a Senior Writer/Copy Editor for Rant Sports. You Can Follow Him on Twitter, on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


Around the Web