All things considered, Auburn's Greg Robinson might be the most impressive athlete in the draft. At 6'5" and 332 pounds, he ran a 4.92 40-yard dash, bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times and has a vertical leap of 28.5 inches.
Robinson talked about his eye-opening performance in the 40-yard-dash afterward with reporters:
The coaches were telling me I should get 4.7, but I really just wanted to go out there and give it my all. I had a little more adrenaline being on the big stage but I knew I was going to be somewhere in (that range).
For a man so big to be that nimble is a scary thought—at least for the defenders who want to get to his quarterback and running backs.
Some scouts may differ in their opinion of whether Robinson or Texas A&M's Jake Matthews is the best offensive tackle prospect, but almost no one will dispute the fact that he looks to be a potential bookend tackle.
According to Doug Kyed of NESN.com, one scout called him "the best player in the draft."
The same unnamed scout said, “If you’re picking between Clowney and Robinson, you’re taking Robinson. He’s beyond special.”
Because he is so highly valued, Robinson could go anywhere from No. 1 to No. 5. Brandon Marcello of AL.com discussed Robinson's potential to go first overall to the Houston Texans.
Houston needs a quarterback more than a tackle. Despite how talented Robinson is, that isn't the best fit. Let's figure out what is.
What About the St. Louis Rams?
The Rams are a real possibility. There's a definite need for an elite offensive tackle, but the Rams also need a No. 1 wide receiver. While Robinson could hear his name called here, the smartest move would be to select Clemson's Sammy Watkins.
Quarterback Sam Bradford has never had a legitimate go-to receiver.
Nabbing Watkins would solve that issue. St. Louis also has the No. 13 pick in the draft. The team should be able to grab Taylor Lewan of Michigan there to satisfy its need for a left tackle.
The Jaguars Could Be the Spot, Cleveland Is a Reach
Power running has been a staple of the Jags for the last five years, though the team has found little success. Jacksonville is another team that is better off filling its hole under center first.
With such a nice collection of quarterbacks to choose from, Jacksonville should look to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Central Florida's Blake Bortles, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater or Fresno State's Derek Carr with the third pick.
The Cleveland Browns pick fourth, but with Joe Thomas already entrenched on the left side, it doesn't seem smart to invest a ton in a player who will be playing right tackle for the foreseeable future.
That Leaves the Oakland Raiders
While Robinson is more than the fifth-best prospect in the draft, the Raiders make the most sense as a landing spot. Oakland needs a stabilizing force on its offensive line.
Last year, the Raiders allowed 44 sacks. That didn't lead the league, but it was higher than an ideal number.
Terrelle Pryor deserves an opportunity to show if he can develop into the franchise quarterback. With a studly left tackle like Robinson protecting him, he shouldn't have to worry about running for his life throughout the 2014 season.
Oakland's run game produced 2,000 yards in 2013, but that number is a bit deceiving.
Pryor accounted for 576 of those yards. Rashad Jennings' 736 led the team. Though the team ran it well late in the season, the Raiders still need a dominant presence on the offensive line.
Robinson could be that.
It's very possible that the Texans, Rams or Jaguars could snatch up Robinson beforehand, but Oakland is the ideal landing spot for him.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
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