Greg Robinson, LT, Auburn (HT: 6'5"; WT: 332 lbs)
First Round: Second Pick
NFL Comparison: Duane Brown, LT, Houston Texans
+ Extremely powerful prospect who operates with a mean spirit.
+ Put on an elite athletic performance at the combine.
+ Has put on tape the ability to be a tremendously dominant run-blocker versus SEC competition.
+ Plays with an excellent motor and the natural balance of a true athlete.
- Operated primarily out of a two-point stance through college due to Gus Malzahn's Auburn offense.
- Is not a proven pass-blocker on film as Auburn's offense was notably "downhill" and run-oriented.
- Only been a dominant player for one season, bursting onto the scene through 2013.
- Can waste motion coming out of his stance.
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One thing is obvious in the footage below that I filmed during the RosterWatch and PlayTheDraft Pro Day Tour. I, like many others, was focusing in on Greg Robinson's feet during his pro day.
Looking at these clips, you see what any evaluator would hope to see at a pro day. A nice, gliding kick and natural reset moves, sometimes coupled with hand-fighting drills from the upper body. Robinson seemed balanced through the workout, keeping his knees well bent and his body centered.
Robinson has terrific straightforward speed. He ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash at the combine and derives a ridiculous amount of power from the torque he generates in his big feet. Robinson does not have a lightning-fast first step as a blocker in the run game and at times even shows a small "hitch" of wasted motion before firing out of his stance.
An absolute powerhouse once engaged, Robinson shows small issues with his lateral burst and agility pre-engagement. It's like a small hesitation loading up the chamber to fire out, then boom. Once he's on his man, it's over. Once engaged, his feet keep pumping, and Robinson finishes plays decisively.
Motor, Explosiveness, Toughness and Power
Robinson is the type of run-blocking power that at times through the 2013 season seemed to dominate an entire half of the line of scrimmage—and against SEC competition, no less. Robinson has tremendous leg drive and an explosiveness that is unmatched in the 2014 NFL draft by any offensive lineman.
Robinson has 10-inch hands and long 35-inch arms he uses to reach and grab. Robinson's 32 bench-press reps, given such long arms, is a feat worth mentioning. The next-best total number of reps in the test by an offensive-line player with arms 35 inches or longer was 26. Robinson's length is not a "lanky" type of length but a very scary and forceful one, as you see in the GIF (LT No. 73).
As you can see, Robinson shows great motor and drive once latching onto his opponents. He gets his hips underneath him and extends through his body powerfully to punch and engage. As for toughness, Auburn OL coach J.B. Grimes teaches one of the most "smash-you-in-the-face" brands of run blocking in football. Robinson flourished in a system where the defense knew what was coming on virtually every down—a collision and a fight.
Quickness, Agility and Balance
It's hard to argue the "quickness" of a prospect like Robinson when his 40-yard dash time in Indy was clearly transcendent. You'll notice in the GIF (LT No. 73) that Robinson—even when wasting a small bit of motion with a quirky "hitch" that aids his positioning—manages to get to the second level of the defense with the momentum of a bullet leaving a gun. Once he's moving upfield, the length and power in his arm-strike aid greatly in his ability to get to difficult spots as quick as a hiccup.
And when he gets there, boy does he ever look dominant.
Robinson is not the most agile prospect with his big, somewhat clunky feet, and his poor shuttle and three-cone times at the combine are further evidence of this small bit of work that remains to be done for his game. Here we have seen that Robinson can waste a small bit of motion in setting up his assignments and certainly doesn't "glide" by virtue of footwork and lateral agility alone.
As for balance, Robinson is big and sturdy with a wide base and solid lower-power core to keep him centered.
Run-Blocking and Pass-Blocking
It's clear that Robinson is the No. 1 run-blocking weapon available to an NFL offense in the 2014 NFL draft. His motor, explosiveness, toughness, power and general manner of finishing plays are unrivaled. When evaluating Robinson as a run-blocker, some evaluators have even mentioned monsters such as Walter Jones.
Robinson opens up huge holes, and his opponents often appear flustered and lacking any answers as to how to counter his brute force. A frequent sight when evaluating Robinson as a run-blocker is the opposition fruitlessly pleading with the official for holding calls and other idle complaints.
The most difficult thing to reconcile regarding Robinson is his lack of experience as a pass-blocker, and in the rare instances where evaluators see him in true "protection" form, Robinson has been above-average and is clearly brimming with upside.
While the length of his arms and power of his punch sometimes cause a small bit of overextension and lead Robinson to quit moving his feet when engaged with pass-rushers, his size on the edge is smothering and formidable.
In Robinson, an NFL team is assured a truly elite run-blocking presence with tremendous upside to be an all-around dominating force at the NFL-level.
(Alex Dunlap is an NFL Featured Columnist. All quotes and information gained first-hand unless otherwise noted. Follow Alex Dunlap on Twitter - @AlexDunlapNFL)