Following the June minicamps, the media reported on the supposed struggles of rookie tackle Greg Robinson, who was St. Louis' top pick and the No. 2 overall selection of the NFL draft.
Robinson, who is making the switch from left tackle to left guard, openly admitted to the media that he's not totally up to pace yet. And with the media being the vicious entity that it is, Robinson's comments were blown out of proportion.
It's not surprising that this happened, as there's little to nothing for writers to report during this time of the year. In fact, I recently covered this issue and made it known that the "concerns" are beyond ridiculous.
Ridiculous or not, it won't stop writers, such as ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, from attempting to make something out of nothing:
Robinson’s struggles aren’t a complete surprise to league insiders who had their doubts about Robinson’s ability to be dominant at the next level. Robinson’s reference to the intensity of the playbook won’t surprise skeptics, either, given that Robinson dealt with a limited range of plays and protections at Auburn. It makes the Rams’ risk even bigger, especially since they’ve moved Robinson to a position that typically doesn’t demand a top-five draft pedigree.
So, who are these supposed league insiders? If you recall, Robinson was pegged as a top-10 talent throughout the entire predraft process, and his status never fluctuated whatsoever.
What about the insiders in St. Louis? They felt Robinson was worth a very high draft selection, so apparently they beg to differ with the opinions of their supposed colleagues—I guess there's a reason why some insiders are employed by NFL teams while others spend their days whispering to the media.
Oh, and let's not forget about the skeptics who are not surprised by Robinson's inability to fully grasp the playbook...during his first week of NFL practice at a brand-new position.
Could it be any more obvious that the media is grasping at straws?
These reports stem from Robinson's willingness to speak frankly with the media. Rather than pretending everything was peachy, Robinson kept it real by telling the good and the bad. Apparently, that was a mistake.
Whether these "troubling signs" have substance or not, you can rest assured that there's now a certain level of concern pertaining to the No. 2 overall pick. Fans will have their eyes on Robinson throughout camp to see if the reports are true.
However, more than likely, Robinson will turn out to be just as advertised—a run-blocking machine with a vicious edge on the field.