Wow. I woke up this morning and lo and behold, the Springfield News-Leader had this article on Barron. (Surprising, since they usually hide Rams stories in a paragraph at the end of a Chiefs story). Looks like the competition for the RT spot is already over...

Martz, Barron stress patience

Rams' coach confident first-round selection can step right in and start at right tackle.


Associated Press

St. Louis Alex Barron arrived at the St. Louis Rams' rookie minicamp already the starter at right tackle.
Coach Mike Martz is willing to live with some growing pains from the team's first-round pick, whom he has compared with Rams six-time Pro Bowler Orlando Pace. He's so confident in his decision that he didn't even watch Barron in the first practice of the three-day camp on Friday.

"I make the assumption he's going to be fine," Martz said. "We're handing him the starting job at right tackle, that's his."

Barron would fill a gaping hole on the right side and solidify the line.

"He's going to have some tough moments, but he is our right tackle," Martz said. "We're making that commitment to him and we're trying to get him ready as quickly as we can."

Barron said he needed to be patient, too.

"It's going to take some time for me to get adjusted to the plays, the system, the players," he said. "I'm not going to come in and know everything and be able to do everything 100 percent.

"I'm just going to try to take my time and do the best I can."