Offseason Additions: Greg Robinson

2014 NFL Draft

Well Rams fans, after about a week off, I am back at it again breaking down the addition of Rams first round pick Greg Robinson.

The Rams selected Robinson with the number 2 overall pick this past spring after a standout redshirt sophomore season at Auburn University, where he helped lead the Tigers to an SEC Championship and a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

Robinson put up some very impressive numbers at the NFL combine as he ranked 2nd among offensive linemen in the 40 yard dash, 7th in bench press, and 3rd in broad jump (his full combine results and scouting report and be found at http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/Greg-Robinson?id=2543458 .

I will be the first to admit that I was very disappointed with this pick when it was made. I had high hopes going into the draft and Robinson wasn’t the flashy pick that I was hoping for, like Watkins or Clowney. But the more time that I have had to think about it, Robinson was the right choice.

With an offensive line that already featured Jake Long, Rodger Saffold, and Joe Barksdale (all of whom have the potential to be starters in this league), the addition Robinson gives the offensive line the potential to be dominant. The NFC West is a division that will be won in the trenches, and the Rams are prepared for that. Robinson is expected to be the everyday left guard but is also a very good insurance policy if Jake Long is not ready to play week 1 or is bitten by the injury bug again.

There hasn’t been much talk coming out of camp about how Robinson has faired, but it seems he may be having trouble adjusting to life in the NFL. Don’t panic, there is always a leaning curve when a player enters the league and you should expect Robinson is no exception, especially while working at multiple positions.

Robinson has the potential to be one of the greatest left tackles in the league for many years to come but is still a raw product at this point so I am forced to give this pick a B+. Robinson has all of the physical tools and makeup to be great left tackle in the NFL, but a little more polish would be nice, especially from a guy taken with the number two pick. In my opinion, when a player is drafted that highly, you want someone who is a little more NFL ready. Robinson has shown that he is a great run blocker. His draft stock stemmed from how dominant he was in Auburn’s run happy offense. Pass protection is where Robinson focus on improvement needs to be. Left tackle is a pass protecting position in the NFL, and right now Robinson fits more in the mold of the mauling right tackle, or even guard. That is my only rationalization for not giving this pick an A rating. I firmly believe the Rams possess the right coaching to develop Robinson into a household name among NFL fans. Personally, I can’t wait to see how this offensive line comes together in 2014, after nearly a decade of drowning in mediocrity.

It’s not crazy, it’s sports

Eric

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