Cameron Robinson vs. Damian Prince: Which 5-Star OT Is Better?
The offensive tackle position is always important to the offense—the edges on both sides of the front must be secure so both your QB has time to set up and throw and your RB can get to the corner of the box and in space.
The left tackle position remains the most important position specifically, and we've had some good recent LT prospects over the years. From Andrus Peat and D.J. Humphries in 2012 and Laremy Tunsil last year, the LT position has had several good prospects in years of late.
This year, while it is still pretty early, I see two specific LT candidates worth noting in Cameron Robinson and Damian Prince. Robinson is from Louisiana, while Prince calls Maryland home.
As you've come to expect, we love evaluating recruits and pitting them head-to-head versus one another in our scouting battles. So today, the two LT prospects, Robinson and Prince, square off.
Robinson is a very large man and he's routinely listed at 6'6". As far as his weight goes, he's not light in the pants at all, as he weighs between 315 and 330 pounds already. This isn't a little kid we're talking about here—Robinson has imposing size.
Prince just looks the part, standing 6'7", while weighing 310 pounds. He has excellent length, especially in his arms, and even though he's already got good bulk, he appears to be prime to be able to add 20 more pounds.
Natural Athletic Ability, Knee Bend and Play Quickness
The big man has outstanding knee bend and it shows on tape. Robinson doesn't bend at the waist too often and can crouch at times, which is impressive. He's very light on his feet, agile and can set up quickly. More to come on Robinson's athleticism later.
Prince prides himself on being an athlete, even at his size. He moves freely and easily in the trenches and uses his quick feet to do a lot of various things. He bends well at the knees, but perhaps not to the extent of Robinson. Body quickness isn't an issue for Prince.
Typical LT prospects usually lack strength and a strong punch, but Robinson certainly doesn't. He has great play strength and can hold up versus powerful DLs. Robinson is strong enough to hold his own water on a college OL right now.
I see flashes of great strength from Prince, but not all the time. I think his inconsistency in this department stems from his fluctuating level of aggression. When he wants, Prince can put a defender on their back, but at times he doesn't play to his size at the point of attack.
Advantage: Robinson due to Prince's inconsistency
Robinson quickly gets out of his stance and can play strong and stout at the point of attack. He shows potential as a great drive blocker while also being athletic enough to perform moving zone blocks. Robinson has easy movement as a pulling blocker and has quick feet to adjust to targets. He's fine on the second level and in space. He could stand to get better punch placement.
There's times when Prince just decides he's going to quickly end a block and there's times when he doesn't. When he does, he's a good run blocker and has the athleticism to pull, long trap, combo, reach, seal and down block in the running game.
Here's where that great athleticism comes into play again for Robinson. He has very good deep set quickness, slides well and can mirror and adjust to quick rushers in space. He needs to get better with his hands and at countering pass-rushing moves, but Robinson can stymie rushers and wash them upfield with ease.
With his quick feet, good athletic ability and balance, pass protection comes pretty easy to Prince. He can be patient at times and doesn't seem to fazed by power or speed rushers. He does, however, seem to get confused by stunts. His ceiling overall is high in this department—once he gets better technique and learns to finish/maul on slips by rushers, he could become dominant in this category.
Advantage: Robinson for now
This was pretty close, as both guys are pretty similar in all categories, but we have to pick one don't we?
Right now it's Robinson who's the better prospect, and he's so talented that he could still be the better player in a few years.
However, Prince has a chance to be outstanding and probably has a higher ceiling—he could one day be the superior guy. Yet, right now, it's Robinson due to his more consistent overall play and better power.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.