Greg Robinson – Offensive Tackle
Robinson enrolled at Auburn in 2011. The former four-star recruit red-shirted in 2011 and started 11 games at left tackle in 2012. He has started every game at left tackle this season.
Robinson has great size at 6’5 – 320 with long arms. He has excellent athletic ability and runs well for such a big man. He plays with bend, is light on his feet, and has very good balance and overall body control. Auburn plays from a spread formation, and Robinson is almost always playing from a two-point stance. Still he has very good initial quickness and gets to his blocks quickly. Despite playing from a two-point stance Robinson stays low and is consistently able to get under his opponent. Not only is Robinson big, but he is also very strong and explosive. He consistently gets movement with his blocks, and it’s not unusual to see his opponent knocked back two or three yards on contact. He takes good angles on cutoff blocks and when getting out to linebackers. On bubble screens, Robinson can get in space and make productive blocks. He is very good at adjusting on the move.
In pass protection, Robinson sets quickly, plays with natural knee bend, and has the lateral quickness to stop wide speed. He also shows the balance and body control to redirect and move back to the inside. He does a good job with his hands, showing a strong punch and consistently keeping his hands inside. With his size, power, and bend, he easily anchors against college bull rushers.
Robinson is a very talented, and with being only a third year player, is still young. As good as he is, he still has upside as he gains experience. He should easily be drafted in the first half of the first round and will start early for the team that drafts him. Like many rookie offensive linemen, don’t be surprised if he starts off on the right side once he gets to the NFL. As he gains confidence and experience, he wil be moved back to the left side.