The offensive line for the Rams has been arguably their biggest issue on the field this season. The group is 25th in the league in sacks allowed with 29, 31st overall in yards per carry at 3.3, and have given up 64 quarterback hits this season.
Former second-overall pick Greg Robinson has not found consistency and rumors have swirled that his future as a Ram is in serious jeopardy. His recent benching has been a clear sign delivered. Robinson can not be singled-out as issues have resonated at guard and center and right tackle Rob Havenstein has been considered the best player on the line even though he is average at best.
The Rams are without a first-round pick in the 2017 draft due to their massive trade in this year’s draft to select Goff. The selection of Dawkins in the second round gives the Rams an athletic tackle with plenty of potential.
While they have heard that statement before with Robinson, Dawkins provides plenty of size at 6’5 and 320 pounds with the skill set to either provide depth in case of a turnaround from Robinson or provide an insurance policy. Dawkins is more profound in run blocking but has made considerable strides this season in pass protection.