Just How Good is Greg Robinson?

Some players are tough to judge because you can see the skill set, but you don’t know if they’ll reach it, or how quickly they’ll reach it. Others players are hard to get a good read because the offense they play in doesn’t translate to what will happen at the next level. For Greg Robinson, it’s both.

I’ll concede the fact that offensive line is the hardest position for me to get a good feel for, because it’s something I’ve never played or can’t really relate to. That said, I’ve gathered as much information as I can and have come to the conclusion that there’s 2 things necessary to be successful.

  1. Strength. You have to have no less than above average strength to play the tackle position, and mostly all of OL.
  2. Is it a coachable issue or is it a physical issue? If it’s something that can be fixed, like poor technique, then you can get somewhat of a pass. But if it’s a physical issue that you can’t overcome, then you get a knocked down. In the NFL, everyone is bigger, faster, stronger. Physical limitations have to be noted.

Good news for Greg Robinson: He doesn’t have any limitations.

What Makes Him So Dominant

  • Rare quickness out of stance/pad level
  • Excellent Athlete with quick feet
  • Powerful initial punch/Dominant Strength
  • Bends naturally at the knees

One of the first things you notice when you watch Robinson is his size. I try to avoid cliches like “prototypical size” but that’s what Robinson is. He’s 6’5, 320 lbs, with incredible length. Most importantly his weight is evenly distributed and that’s what helps him move effortlessly as well as showcase rare functional strength. The strength starts with my initial bullet point.

Robinson fires off the snap with good pad level, there’s not a tackle in the draft that can match his quickness off the ball or strength. He fires off low, allowing him to generate even more power with his leverage, and from there he locks on to his target and that’s when you see him driving defenders multiple yards down the line of scrimmage.

For a dominant run blocker like Robinson, he’s not supposed to be able to move the way he does. He gets to the second level effortlessly, showing quick feet. On screens or even times when the QB rolls out, you can see how easy it is for me to work in space, and adjust to moving targets out in space.

Auburn’s offense was the opposite of the “run and shoot” type offenses you see in college now a days. Robinson still shows the skill set that translates to being a top notch pass protector. What’s impressive is even though sometimes he’s the last one off the snap, he has quick enough feet to mirror speed rushers, and does so without over setting the edge.

Where He Needs to Improve

  • Lunging/Overextending
  • Holding in Pass Pro

Robinson wants to take your head off. That comes back to bite him at times. Robinson gets caught lunging in the running game and at times will overextend in pass protection. The run game issue seems like a system issue because he’s asked to down block so much, it effects him when he’s asked to block the man in front of him. He’ll need to play more under control in the running game. He can do this without losing his incredible power as well.

Robinson has a tendency to get grabby at the end of the play. You saw it in the national championship as well as the SEC Championship where he was flagged for holding a few times. He’ll need to clean up his technique to avoid this going forward. His feet are too good to lung the way he does in pass protection, that’s where he gets in trouble.  I think he can be more consistent with his hand placement as well, keeping them inside. I think this is an awareness issue that will only get better with more reps in pass protection.

Grade/Final Thought

Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10   8.5 – 9.0
Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round   8.0 – 8.4
Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round   7.8 – 7.9
Reliable Starter, 2nd Round   7.5 – 7.7
Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round   7.0 – 7.4
Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round   6.5 – 6.9
Productive Backup, 5th Round   6.0 – 6.4
Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round   5.5 – 5.9
Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round   5.0 – 5.4
Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round   4.5 – 4.9
Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations   4.0 – 4.4
Non-Draftable     < 4.0

 

Trait Weight Grade
Run Block 4 4
Pass Block 4 3.7
Technique 2.5 2.1
Strength 2.5 2.5
Awareness 2 1.5
Change of Direction 2 1.9
Flexibility 2 1.9
Quickness 2 2
Size 2 2
Length 2 2

Robinson grades out to an 8.5. The 2nd highest player I’ve graded. I truly believe he’ll reach his ceiling with more reps. His issues are simply due to lack of reps or awareness. While his strengths are unmatched in the class. Robinson has everything you’re looking for in a tackle with his rare strength and exceptional quickness and size. The learning curve in pass protection might be rocky early, but once Robinson figures it out, and he will, look out. I expect him to be a top 5 OT within a few years.