Like the Auburn Tigers team he played for, offensive tackle Greg Robinson was a surprise performer in 2013. But after a breakout year, he didn't stay hidden from NFL scouts for too long, and it's paid off with a first-round pick in the 2014 draft. The St. Louis Rams have selected Robinson with the second overall pick.
Robinson was SB Nation's second-ranked offensive tackle and No. 6 overall player on the top 200 big board. He was ranked three spots behind Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, but was ahead of players like Mike Evans and C.J. Mosley.
The Rams have a bit of shuffling to do along the line to figure out where Robinson will fit. Adam Schefter reports that the team will try him at left guard, but Turf Show Times notes the coaches will just be happy to have someone of his talent in-house.
The Rams have shored up the offensive line by dding the physicality and aggression Robinson has shown to the depth chart. There's a question as to where he fits in withJake Long recovering from his injury that took him out of the starting left tackle spot and Joe Barksdale having filled in well. Nevertheless, the coaching staff and especially offensive line coach Paul T. Boudreau will be eager to get GRob into camp and make immediate use of the Auburn product.
Robinson earned first-team All-SEC honors along with Matthews as the starting left tackle at Auburn. En route to a BCS National Championship appearance, Robinson started every game for a team that set program records for rushing yards and touchdowns. He declared for the NFL Draft after his redshirt sophomore season with the Tigers.
Stephen White's scouting report
The biggest obstacle Robinson will face in acclimating to the next level is in pass blocking, which, as SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn observes in his scouting report, isn't something Robinson was called on to do much at Auburn.
Teams may have a tough time getting a feel for just how well Robinson can pass block because he wasn't asked to do it often enough at Auburn. At least, not in the traditional sense. On the few occasions per game in which Robinson dropped back into a pass set and had to mirror pass rushers, he showed some flaws. For starters, he seems to be a bit lazy with his hands at times. Robinson needs to be more aggressive with his punch to get his hands on a pass rusher before the pass rusher is able to get inside his pads.
Weight: 332 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.92 seconds
Bench press: 32 reps
Vertical jump: 28.5"
Broad jump: 9'5
20-yard shuttle: 4.86 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.80 seconds
Robinson was one of the most impressive performers at the NFL Combine with a remarkable 40-yard dash for a player who is 332 pounds. Couple that speed with 32 bench press reps and Robinson has a blend of size, athleticism and power that could make him a superstar in the NFL.