On Saturday, the offensive linemen took to the field at the NFL combine.
Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Auburn’s Greg Robinson are currently battling to be the draft’s 1st offensive lineman taken in May. Michigan’s Taylor Lewan is right on their heals.
After measuring in at 6’5” 332 lbs and doing 32 reps of 225 lbs on the bench, Robinson displayed his athleticism on the field Saturday.
Robinson ran two of the fastest 40-yard dashes at 4.84 and 4.88 of any of the offensive linemen. Robinson’s 10-yard splits of 1.68 and 1.69 were also among the fastest times.
While Matthews is still considered a top offensive tackle prospect that could still be the first tackle taken, it was apparent that Robinson possesses the most natural talent and best combination of power and athleticism of any offensive lineman this year. Matthews experience and bloodlines are what might give him the edge on draft day.
My biggest concern with Robinson is his technique in pass protection. Too often, Robinson’s hands get to far outside the numbers that can lead to holding calls. With limited experience, I feel Robinson’s technique will improve greatly in the NFL.
In my first mock draft, I had Greg Robinson being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 7th overall pick, just one pick after the Falcons selected Jake Matthews.
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