The Auburn Tigers had a dream season in 2013, coming from nowhere to very nearly win the national championship. It appears the player who paved the way for that season is trying to keep the dream going right up until May's NFL draft.
Offensive tackle Greg Robinson, who is regarded as this year's top tackle prospect and a top-five overall prospect by some scouts, came to this year's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis with bad intentions.
And that's most definitely a good thing.
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Robinson, who measured in at the combine at an eye-popping 6'5" and 332 pounds (with 35-inch arms), first showed off his strength with 32 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, fourth among offensive linemen.
Then, he and the other linemen took the field for Saturday's workouts, and it didn't take long for the very big man to make an equally large impression.
Greg Robinson just done blowed everything the heck up.— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) February 22, 2014
The second group of offensive linemen was a talent-loaded group, and just after Michigan's Taylor Lewan ripped off a 4.88-second (unofficial) 40-yard dash, Robinson matched it.
On his second attempt, he beat it.
That was all Pat White of Pat White Sports needed to see:
Greg Robinson ran a 4.84. That means a 332 pound lineman is probably faster than you. Carry on.— Pat White (@PatWhiteSports) February 22, 2014
Robinson's official time was a bit slower, at 4.92 seconds.
To say the performance turned some heads is something of an understatement. Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk believes Robinson's freakish athleticism compares to this year's top defensive prospect:
Greg Robinson: 332 pounds + 4.84 40 + 35-inch arms + 35 reps = the same kind of physical outlier as Jadeveon Clowney on the other side.— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) February 22, 2014
Scott Wright of Draft Countdown pointed out that Saturday's explosion was hardly a fluke:
Keep in mind we were all raving about the tape of Auburn OT Greg Robinson months before the Scouting Combine. Not just a "Workout Warrior".— Scott Wright (@DraftCountdown) February 22, 2014
ESPN's Todd McShay feels that tape Wright mentioned, combined with Saturday's combine workout, ends the argument as to whether Robinson or Jake Matthews of Texas A&M is this year's top prospect at the position:
Auburn OT Greg Robinson- 332-pound OL shouldn't move like that!! If you've actually done his tape, how do you not see top OL in this class?— Todd McShay (@McShay13) February 22, 2014
It's rapidly developing into the same argument that went on last year regarding whether Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel should be the first offensive tackle selected.
Is Greg Robinson the top OL in the 2014 NFL draft?
On one hand, you have the polished Texas A&M All-American with the the textbook technique. On the other, you have Robinson, who lacks polish but oozes upside. Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer Matt Miller called him "as athletically dominant as any left tackle prospect I can remember evaluating since I started doing this way back in 2002."
After Robinson's show in Indy, that upside and athleticism will be that much harder for the teams at the top of the 2014 NFL draft to ignore.