Scouting the OTs: Greg Robinson, Auburn

RobinsonGreg Robinson, the 6’5″, 320lb redshirt sophomore from the Auburn Tigers, recently declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.  This year’s draft has already seen a record number of underclassmen declare, and many of those young prospects seem to be making the jump a little too early.

That’s not the case with Robinson.

There’s no denying Robinson’s raw, natural talent.  His career at Auburn has been an impressive one as he’s started each of the last two seasons at left tackle and concluded the 2013 college football season as a 3rd Team All-American at the position.

And while Robinson was clearly an NFL prospect prior to the college football season kicking off, his rise up the draft boards has been one of the bigger stories of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Is the hype surrounding Greg Robinson justified?  Below is FRG Scouting’s take.

Position:       Offensive Tackle
Ht:                 6’5″
Wt:                320lbs

Strengths:          Power, Athletic Ability, Run Blocking
Weaknesses:     Pass protection, foot speed

Greg Robinson presents with the prototype physical makeup for the offensive tackle position…He possesses long arms, broad shoulders and a thick, muscular base that generates natural power…He’s not a fat 320lbs; Robinson carries his weight well, he’s a natural 320…Robinson is a plus athlete, displaying total control over his massive frame…Creates a burst off the football, consistently jolting the defender backward upon contact…Able to get to the second level and complete his assignment in space; a coordinated athlete who can breakdown and finish a block in space…Just as effective as a step and seal player as a mauling finisher; he’s well-rounded and will be able to play in any scheme…Does a good job sustaining his blocks through contact; wants to punish the defender…In pass pro, Robinson possesses plus length that allows him to recover against quicker pass rushers…Shows the ability to maintain even weight distribution throughout his kick-slide…Displays a flexible stance; naturally sits into his stance and is able to keep his back straight…Strong enough to anchor vs. the bull rush…Robinson displays passion and desire; he wants to win on every play.

At times, Robinson overextends, or lunges, toward the defender; when he does, he loses…Must get quicker with his initial step in the kick-slide; was a bit vulnerable versus quick defensive ends…Hand placement needs more coaching, as he tends to rely on size/length/strength advantage on collegiate level.

On the next level, Greg Robinson projects as a starting quality offensive tackle for the next decade.  He possesses the perfect blend of size, strength and athletic ability as well as a good foundation of technique to build on.  While not the perfect pass protector at this point in his career, he clearly has the tools to be coached up and become one of the top-tier tackles in the NFL.  Robinson will come into the NFL and immediately enhance his team’s running game, as he was one of the key factors behind the success that Tre Mason (RB, Auburn) enjoyed.  Robinson will likely begin his career as a right tackle, with a switch to the left side coming as early as year two.  And regardless of where his longterm position is on the offensive line, one thing is for sure:  Greg Robinson is going to start, and succeed, in the NFL for a long, long time.

Grade:  8.9 (High-1st Round)

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