|Class:||RS Sophomore||40 time:||N/A|
As the NFL mock draft season really begins to heat up, Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson has frequently been brought up as a candidate to be drafted early. He’s caught the eye of some evaluators so much that he has passed up Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews in the rankings. Having already thoroughly evaluated the consistently dominant Matthews, I studied Robinson’s tape from this year and found that while he has great potential, he still has some things he needs to work on before he can be considered better than Matthews.
Robinson’s greatest skills are evident in his run blocking. He fires out of his stance quick, and his strength and aggressiveness enable him to repeatedly run defenders over. He’s surprisingly athletic for a player of his size and can make an impact at the second level. In addition, Robinson has plenty of valuable skills as a pass blocker. He has a very good stance that he gets out of quickly and can kick back and engage defenders without issue.
On the flip side, Robinson still has some flaws that probably would have been easily corrected had he not decided to enter the draft following his redshirt sophomore season. Most notably, Robinson needs to learn how to use his leverage better. While he gets his feet under him on many plays and is powerful, there are too many occasions in which he makes mistakes. Robinson got flattened by Florida State defenders twice on read option plays during the BCS Championship game.
His pass blocking skills need some improvement as well. He doesn’t always get his arms extended as much as he should, and at some points he comes out of his two-point stance a bit too slow. These skills should be easily developed in the NFL, but at this point they aren’t as polished as those of the more experienced Matthews.
With the inconsistency and recent legal issues that Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan has experienced, Robinson is almost locked into at least the No. 2 tackle spot in the draft. And while Matthews is the more reliable option as it stands now, it wouldn’t be overly surprising to see a team pass him over for the potential that Robinson brings.
- Exceptionally strong and ferocious, not afraid to run defenders into the ground
- Extremely aggressive, consistently plays to the whistle
- Good footwork, especially on run blocks, has a nice power step
- Very quick, fluid kick slide
- Fires out quickly from a three-point stance
- Great knee bend in two-point stance which enables him to come out quickly and powerfully
- Overpowering on blocks to the inside
- Very good at getting to the second level and making solid contact
- A 21-year-old redshirt sophomore who should continue to improve significantly at the professional level
- Somewhat inconsistent, doesn’t always use his leverage well; ends up on the ground too much for a player of his ilk
- Not as good of a pass blocker as he is in the run game and still needs to further develop his technique
- Arm extension needs improvement
- Doesn’t really have a prototypical NFL left tackle body, still has too much baby fat
- To an extent, his inconsistency has been masked by the exceptional mobility of QB Nick Marshall
Robinson really broke out during 2013 as he led Auburn in knockdown blocks and gained plenty of national acclaim during the team’s run to the National Championship game. Largely due to Robinson’s impact on the left side, Auburn led the nation in rushing yards. And while it can’t be held against the left tackle who is superior in the run game, it’s notable that Auburn finished 97th nationwide in passing yards.
2014 Draft Projection: First Round