6 Jun 2014 02:26 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson at rookie mini camp with the Rams. (Image Source: Getty Images)
Here’s a breakdown of former Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson:
Round 1, Pick 2; 2nd Overall
Measurables: At 6’5” and 332 pounds, Robinson has the type of elite size teams look for in their left tackles. He’s also blessed with long arms, 35” in length, however his hand size (10”) is less than ideal, only in the 40th percentile among offensive tackle prospects.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, the Auburn man showed off speed, power and explosiveness. Robinson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.92 seconds, which was second to Taylor Lewan among the offensive tackles in Indy. His vertical jump (28 ½”) was eighth, broad jump (9’5”) third and bench press (32 reps of 225 pounds) fourth. In terms of agility, Robinson wasn’t as impressive posting a 7.80 three-cone time (44th percentile) and 4.86 short shuttle (30th percentile).
Skill Set: As a run blocker, which is where Robinson gained most of his experience at Auburn, he is a true road grader who is capable of manhandling the opposition. Blessed with explosiveness off the snap, the former Tiger often strikes D-linemen before they’re even ready and he brings power, as well as the ability to get to the next level.
If a defender plans on bull rushing their way to the quarterback they better look elsewhere, because Robinson will not be overpowered very often. Those 35” arms are ideal in pass protection, as he can keep pass rushers away from his body and out of the offensive backfield. He’s also physical, tough and a high-effort player.
Weakness: As talented as Robinson is, he remains a bit raw, especially for a top-five pick. Part of that is the system that he comes from. At times Auburn was a run first, second and third team, so he needs work on his pass pro technique. Does he have the lateral agility to mirror the quickest edge pass rushers as an offensive tackle? Most scouts believe he does, but we have yet to truly see him do it on a consistent basis.
How He Fits: In terms of scheme, the Rams use a lot of man blocking which fits in perfectly with Robinson’s ability to win one-on-one battles in the trenches. He also has experience with up-tempo offenses. The SEC product has the ability to be an elite pass and run blocker, a potential franchise left tackle for years to come, but for now expect him to line up at left guard with former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long holding on to his left tackle role, as long as he remains healthy.
OTA Update: Even with Jake Long sidelined in practice, the Rams are sticking to their guns and Robinson is lining up at left guard. When speaking to the media this week, head coach Jeff Fisher said he wants guys getting reps at the positions they’re expected to play when the season starts. Robinson will get his feet wet on the left side of the line as a rookie and eventually slide over to tackle. He won’t be the first franchise left tackle to start his career at guard.
NFL Draft Columns:
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Green Bay Packers Off the Clock: Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama | Wide Receiver Davante Adams, Fresno | Defensive Tackle Khyri Thornton, USM | Tight End Richard Rodgers, Cal | Outside Linebacker Carl Bradford, ASU | Wide Receiver Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin| Center Corey Linsley, Ohio State | Cornerback Demetri Goodson, Baylor | Wide Receiver Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State
New York Giants Off the Clock: Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., LSU | Center Weston Richburg, Colorado State| Defensive Tackle Jay Bromley, Syracuse | Running Back Andre Williams, BC| Strong Safety Nat Berhe, San Diego State| Outside Linebacker Devon Kennard, USC | Cornerback Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame | Tight End Xavier Grimble, USC| Defensive Tackle Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina | Safety C.J. Barnett, Ohio State
New York Jets Off the Clock: Safety Calvin Pryor, Louisville | Tight End Jace Amaro, Texas Tech| Cornerback Dexter McDougle, Maryland| Wide Receiver Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma| Wide Receiver Shaq Evans, UCLA| Offensive Lineman Dakota Dozier, Furman | Inside Linebacker Jeremiah George, ISU | Cornerback Brandon Dixon, NW Missouri St. | Wide Receiver Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska | Outside Linebacker IK Enemkpali, La. Tech| Quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson | Outside Linebacker Trevor Reilly, Utah | 2014 NFL Draft Review
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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