Pegged as a future surefire first rounder after his dominant All-American Freshman season at Alabama, Cam Robinson now enters the draft with several question marks around him in what is considered to be a weak offensive tackle class. Robinson struggled in his Sophomore season while dealing with some injuries and his arrest this last offseason didn’t help his stock. His junior season proved to be redemption for Robinson, with several strong showings and an Outland Trophy for his recaptured dominance.
Name: Cam Robinson
Size: 6’6″/322/35’1/2″ arm length
Comparison: Ronnie Stanley (Baltimore Ravens)
Draft Grade: Late 1st Round
Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash – 5.15, Vertical Jump – 26″, Broad Jump – 106″, 3 Cone – 7.81, 20 Yard Shuttle – 4.82
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Positives: Checks all the boxes for prototype height, weight, athleticism and length. Good foot-speed and efficient footwork. Solid ankle/knee/hip flexion to match pad level. Good hands when striking on time and rolls hips to stand up pass rushers. Strong base and generates very good lower body power. Comfortable picks up combo blocks. Excellent in space, shows athleticism in space on screens and when reaching the second level. Mauler in the run game and shows a mean streak when fully engaged in the action.
Negatives: Concerning amount of minor technical inconsistencies. Will get caught off balance in his kick slide; susceptible to inside counters and push-pulls. Occasionally late to strike and will need to improve punch timing. Can get caught sleeping and look bored. Tendency to lunge when being overaggressive and loses half-man advantage. Occasionally overruns blocks in space. Inconsistent back-side cut-off. Arrested for felony marijuana and gun possession last offseason, charges dropped.
Outlook: Gap scheme mauler that has minor flaws that rarely surface and are entirely teachable. Robinson possess a skillset and ceiling that can’t be ignored and helped his stock with a strong showing against consensus #1 overall prospect Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett. Robinson got out in front of the character concerns at the Combine and addressed his offseason arrest immediately, which was in stark contrast to how Oklahoma WR DeDe Westbrook handled his off-field questions. If Robinson lands on a team with a strong locker room and a proficient teacher at OL coach, he will be a longtime starter in the league. Robinson will be a plug-and-play starter at either tackle spot and teams should feel comfortable about his floor and ecstatic about his ceiling.