Atlanta needs a talented offensive lineman to replace the terrible combination at left tackle that was Lamar Holmes and Sam Baker. Auburn's tackle Greg Robinson should be a primary target for the Falcons at No. 6 overall.
Auburn OT Greg Robinson has meet with the Atlanta Falcons. He's 6-5, 332 pounds and lifted 225 pounds 32 times. #BeastMode— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) February 21, 2014
@AJCFalcons: Auburn OT Greg Robinson has met with the Atlanta Falcons. He had 130 pancake blocks last season.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) February 21, 2014
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter first reported the Falcons meeting with the massive tackle. Atlanta could have a legitimate franchise offensive tackle if Robinson winds up being their pick in the early part of the first round.
Height: 6'5" Weight: 332 pounds
Arm Length: 35" Hand Measurement: 10"
40-Yard Dash: 4.92 sec. 10-Yard Split: 1.68 sec.
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.86 sec. Three-Cone Drill: 7.80 sec. Bench Reps: 32 reps
Vertical Jump: 28.5" Broad Jump: 9'5"
2013: 14 Games Started at Left Tackle
2012: 11 Games Started at Left Tackle
Robinson is one of the strongest, most explosive players at tackle in this year's draft. He's got a great frame at 6'5", 332 pounds—one that looks like he's 25-30 pounds lighter. He uses his strength to create a drive off the line that is second to none.
When it comes to his quickness, he doesn't lack there at all. He's got ideal athleticism for someone who needs to handle the top pass-rushers in the NFL. He also has some excellent punch shown in pass protection despite inexperience there.
While he has all the physical tools to be a great offensive tackle, he has a lot of issues technically that need to be worked out with a solid coach. On top of that, he's very raw and relies on his strength in both the run and pass game.
Ideally, he will get to a team who is willing to work with him specifically on pass-blocking early on. The complete inexperience in it from playing in a run-first offense over the past two seasons makes him susceptible to pass-rushers beating him based on their experience.
It is an honor to have served as Greg Robinson's coach at Auburn. Great player-great person! All the best to him and his family. War Eagle!— J.B. Grimes (@CoachJBGrimes) January 7, 2014
How Does He Fit the Comrade Filter?
Greg Robinson wasn't ever a captain on his college team. Nonetheless, he's a great person off the field who has no black marks on his record. His coach saying that it's an honor to have coached him after he decided to go pro is a testament to what he really thinks about him.
Robinson is the best offensive lineman in the 2014 class and would bring a much-needed toughness to the Falcons offensive line. Combining him with Justin Blalock on the left side should give Atlanta a pair of walls that are tough to break through while also giving the team size and strength on the left side for runs that way.
Robinson is going to make someone happy as an all-around left tackle. His best-case projection is that of Walter Jones—a franchise left tackle who only plays for one team then ends up in the Hall of Fame. Atlanta would be wise to put him on Matt Ryan's blind side.
How He Would Fit into the Falcons' Plans
If the Falcons want to procure Robinson's services, they'll have to select him at No. 6 overall. They may even have to trade up for him, as he could very easily go as early as No. 2 overall to the St. Louis Rams. For a franchise left tackle, that's more than worth it.
Atlanta would plug him right in at left tackle instantly and it would force Sam Baker to move to the right side or even guard long term. In the worst case scenario, Robinson would have to move inside to guard where he could be dominant there.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.