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2014 NFL Draft Player Profiles – Auburn T Greg Robinson


By Alex Kozora

With the regular season over, our focus has shifted to the offseason. For the next few months, I’ll be providing scouting reports on prospects. Some the Pittsburgh Steelers may look at. Other top players that will be off the board before the Steelers select. All to make you as prepared for the 2014 NFL Draft as possible.

Another look at a top prospect. Auburn Tigers offensive tackle Greg Robinson.

Greg Robinson/LT Auburn: 6’5 305

The Good

– Big, prototypical size

– Young (redshirt sophomore) with upside

– Uniquely strong, loads of upper body strength

– Tremendous run blocker

– Uses size to seal/wash defenders on down blocks

– Dominates when asked to base block

– Gets his arms extended as a run blocker

– Surprising athlete, flashes a quickness of the ball in both phases

– Does well in space, can get to and stick to second level when playing with proper technique

– Shows knee bend in pass protection

– Played in tough conference against good competition

The Bad

– Extremely raw

– Not a coordinated run blocker, major issues with carrying his lower half as a run blocker

– Lacks balance, on the ground much more than you’d like to see,

– Struggles to move laterally, bends at the hips when beat

– Awkward kickslide, may open gate too early

– Difficulty mirroring, can get beat on inside rushes/counters

– Feet stop on his punch in pass protection

– Will struggle to recognize stunts and pick up blitzes

– May lack killer instinct as a run blocker

– Doesn’t have a ton of experience

Other

– Appears to be much heavier than his listed weight

– 25 starts at left tackle in his two year career

– 3rd team AP All-American in 2013

– 1st Team AP All-SEC in 2013

– Did not make All-SEC Coaches list as 1st or 2nd team

– Top ten ranked guard coming out of high school by ESPN/Rivals/Scout.com

– Did not play along the offensive line until junior year of high school, defensive lineman previously

– Occasionally used on the right side in unbalanced formations

Robinson is getting a ton of love as one of the top prospects.  The upside is clear but he is overrated. His strength is ridiculous but his technique as a run blocker is sloppy. Look at all the time he is getting himself overextended, falling off blocks because he’s not bringing his lower half. On the ground too many times. He’s the left tackle, #73.

And those are just a few examples. Not even able to show how often it occurred in the Florida State game. Video hasn’t been uploaded anywhere yet.

Now, when it all comes together for him, he is a punishing blocker. Watch him work to the linebacker and finish with a pancake.

And a straight up base block of the EMOL.

Does the same here, sealing the end.

But it isn’t seen consistently enough.

Another aspect that hurts his value is the unlikelihood of him playing tackle. He’ll get eaten alive by speed rushers with his tendency to double over and difficulty mirroring. You can see him get flatback and unable to seal the edge, allowing a sack against Alabama.

Robinson will likely have to move to guard at the next level. Last year did see two guards selected in the top ten but that could more of an anomaly than a trend. Typically, guards aren’t valued as highly (see David DeCastro falling much farther than expected).

It speaks volumes that Robinson was not elected to the first or second All-SEC coaches’ team.

There are two caveats. He is relatively inexperienced with just 25 starts and only four years of action along the offensive line. It’s not shocking he is raw and means he’s got more room to grow.

And given Auburn’s blocking scheme, Robinson was asked to down block a lot on double-teams with the guard instead of blocking the five tech (he would often be unblocked if the run was away or always unblocked on a zone read to the left side). Put Robinson at guard in a true power scheme and he’ll flourish even more. Plus, he has the athleticism to pull.

It comes down to whether or not Robinson has the work ethic and desire to get better, something that can’t be quantified watching tape. The raw talent is there but his technique leaves too much to be desired to be considered a top prospect.

Projection: Mid-Late First Round

Games Watched: vs Georgia (Freshman), vs Alabama, vs Missouri, vs Florida St (Bowl)

Previous Scouting Reports:
Buffalo LB Khalil Mack
Illinois State T/G Josh Aladenoye
Penn State WR Allen Robinson
ILB Shayne Skov
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron

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  • Ike Evans

    I think youre overstating his weaknesses a tad bit….didnt seem to have THAT much trouble against missou andd those horses

  • ATL96STEELER

    Agree with the previous poster…I’ve seen Aub several times this year and I think he was the best OL on the field in every game…kind of a thick body type though…I don’t know if he has LT feet, but he’s probably better than Gilbert right now.

    Just not the year for PIT to be taking another OL guy early.

  • steeltown

    This kid looks strong

  • David Edward

    Agree that his technique is sloppy at times…especially falling to the ground too often when engaging. However, that can be corrected with good coaching at the NFL level…notice I say “good coaching” because the former Steelers OL coaches had trouble correcting Gilbert’s tendency to do that.
    I disagree that he will have to move to G to be successful in the NFL. I think he can be successful at OT right away, initally at RT at least. As ATL96 says, I think he could come in and win the job over Gilbert. With improved footwork and some tweaks to his hand placement and punching, he can be just as good at LT. Even though he will likely go in the 1st round, I think if he stayed another year at Auburn, he would be in the mix for #1 overall.
    Anyway, I don’t think the Steelers will use their #1 pick on an OL this year since they need to work on the ones they already have.

  • Alex Kozora

    The issue you could run into is making a position switch for a young, raw lineman. He’s been battling just to learn how to play left tackle. Would really be a tough transition to have him flip sides.

  • Matt Manzo

    Too many negatives to be a 1st round pick. This would probably be my nightmare pick!

  • Brendon Glad

    I don’t watch much college football, so before the Senior games and the combines I’m always behind. But as for the Steelers, whom I do watch religiously, and think about religiously, I’d say this. Let’s try another coach for a year before we draft an OL early.
    I have a feeling that the Steelers OL problems of the Tomlin era have been more about the OL coaching than the players themselves. If you had asked me in November, I would have said “we need OL…YET AGAIN!!!”
    But after the last 8 games or so…and upon hearing about the midseason change in OL coaching duties, it further convinced me that with the proper coaching, this young offensive line can do pretty good things.

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