St. Louis Rams 2014 Training Camp Profile: Greg Robinson
In Auburn‘s speedy offense, Greg Robinson showed how athletic and versatile he was in his sophomore season. A converted center, Robinson is a smart player, and his combination of smarts and athleticism make him a real good offensive linemen. The St. Louis Rams drafted Robinson thinking he would one day become their left tackle, but the Rams already have that player in Rodger Saffold.
Many have compared Robinson to Jonathan Ogden, and the interesting thing about that comparison is that Ogden also started his career at guard before becoming one of the league’s best blindside tackles of all time. By playing left guard, Robinson will have the opportunity to play next to Saffold, and he will be the main pulling guard in the Rams’ run-heavy offense.
The Rams have already said how they are going to run it a ton next year with the combination of Zac Stacy and rookie Tre Mason. That being said, Robinson will have the chance to become a special guard in his first season in the NFL. At 6-foot-5, 335 pounds, Robinson’s size tells me tackle is the only position he can play, but it’s his athleticism that tells me he can play every position on the offensive line. Robinson ran the third fastest 40-time out of offensive tackles with a time of 4.85. He put up 32 bench reps of 225 pounds, and his 3-cone drill’s time was 7.80. It’s not too often you have a 335 pound guy running at you at the speed of most tight ends.
Robinson has reportedly done real well in OTAs, and it will be interesting to monitor his progression through training camp. His pass protection game needs some work, but the Rams plan to run the ball, and Robinson will help them in that part of the game right away.