The BCS National Championship was the last game of Greg Robinson's collegiate career, as the sophomore offensive lineman declared for the 2014 NFL draft.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller shared the news via Twitter:
Auburn tackle Greg Robinson announced he will enter the 2014 draft. Will be a shock if he's not a top 15 pick.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 7, 2014
Robinson thanked the Auburn coaching staff and fans for this past season, in which the Tigers finished runners-up to the Florida State Seminoles.
This was a tough decision but I have decided to declare for the NFL Draft.— Greg Robinson (@GregRobinson73) January 7, 2014
I want to thank my teammates and I love them all. Also thank you Auburn Family the best fans in college football #Together— Greg Robinson (@GregRobinson73) January 7, 2014
Head coach Gus Malzahn was equally appreciative of what Robinson had done to help the team, per Charles Goldberg of AuburnTigers.com:
Greg played a big part in our success this season and I appreciate everything he did as an Auburn Tiger during his career. He has a bright future ahead of him at the next level and we wish him nothing but the best.
J.B. Grimes, Auburn's offensive line coach, raved about the star lineman ahead of the national title game, per NFL.com's Dan Greenspan:
I've not had one like him. I've had some really, really good players, probably coached somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 guys that have gone on to either play in the NFL or at least gotten into camps, but I've never had one with the skill set he has got.
Everyone can see the tape. He can get movement on the Berlin Wall, as far as the running game is concerned, but they haven't seen his pure athleticism yet.
It shouldn't come as a huge shock that Robinson has foregone his final two years at Auburn.
In his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller had the sophomore going at No. 15 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. While an extra year in college could help to hone Robinson's skill, he appears to be a lock for the first round as is. He did wonders for his draft stock after a great performance in the National Championship Game against what was a tough Seminoles front seven.
There may not be a better run-blocker in the 2014 draft class, Jake Matthews included. Robinson is so strong and technically sound that he can easily overpower defensive linemen and push them off the line of scrimmage.
Since he only has two years of college football under his belt, Robinson can sometimes fall prey to the kind of mistakes that only get corrected with more seasoning. One of his biggest problems is moving laterally to block quicker pass-rushers coming off the edge. Playing in Auburn's run-heavy offense, he didn't have a lot of opportunities to pass block.
Robinson is athletic enough that with the right coaching and more time in a more balanced offense, he should become a better all-round blocker.
The sky is the limit for the sophomore, and he's only sure to rise on draft boards between now and May.