Going into the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, the focus has been on quarterbacks. There’s a very realistic possibility that three out of the top five picks will be quarterbacks, with Houston (#1), Jacksonville (#2), Cleveland (#3) and Oakland (#5) all heavily considering taking a QB at this point. But given the way that Auburn’s Greg Robinson performed at the Combine, we have to consider that he’s guaranteed to crash the top five.
Some are saying that the left tackle could go as high as number two overall after he showed a surprising display of speed, running a 4.92 forty-yard dash time. We all know that speed isn’t the chief requirement of an offensive lineman. But considering Robinson’s 6’5″, 332-pound frame, many scouts were amazed by his 40 time. They were also very impressed by the 1.68 seconds that he ran in the 10-yard dash – something that’s much more relevant to the left tackle position than the 40.
Aside from his speed, Robinson showed some excellent strength as he did 32 reps with 225 pounds. This won’t set any NFL Combine records, however, it is very good when you consider that Robinson has lengthy 35-inch arms.
Going into the Combine, Robinson was already predicted to be one of the first players taken off the board. But his performance in the 10-yard dash, 40-yard dash and bench press only reaffirm what everybody thought.
As a redshirt sophomore at Auburn, Robinson was a huge reason why the Tigers won the 2014 BCS National Championship. He was completely dominant in the team’s final three games against Alabama, Missouri and Florida State when the pressure was at its highest. Thanks to his play throughout the season, Robinson was an All-SEC selection.
In other 2014 Combine news regarding linemen, Michigan’s Taylor Lewan also posted some great numbers. He ran the fastest official 40 time of any lineman at 4.87 seconds. He also posted a respectable 29 reps on the bench press. Although not as hyped as Robinson, Lewan is expected to go in the middle of the first round. His drawbacks are that his footwork and technique could use some work as he drew a number of penalties at Michigan. But this isn’t surprising because he’s only played line since switching as a senior in high school.