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2017 NFL DRAFT

Corey Robinson, OT

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Havelock, NC
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 324 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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144144-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Player Overview

After initially splitting time between the offensive and defensive lines over his first two seasons with the Gamecocks, Robinson emerged as the team's starting left tackle in 2012 and never looked back, starting 35 of the next 36 games there. He was overshadowed a bit by All-SEC guard AJ Cann but is a legitimate NFL prospect in his own right, though he isn't one without limitations.

Robinson's lack of ideal foot speed and balance as a pass protector mean that he won't be competing for future Pro Bowls at left tackle. He very likely will be moving to the right side or perhaps even to guard in the NFL, in fact. However, his combination of size, strength and surprising athleticism project well to a power-based NFL offense. Potentially available in the middle rounds, Robinson could provide a club impressive value, competing relatively early in his career for a starting role.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Robinson is surprisingly coordinated given his massive frame. He extends his left leg deep behind him to help protect the edge, making him more effective against speed rushers than he might appear "on the hoof." Robinson has long arms and good upper body strength to latch onto opponents and settles nicely, showing good lateral agility to mirror. He shows good quickness when releasing to block at the second level, as well as the coordination to adjust to moving targets.

WEAKNESSES: While more athletic than he looks, Robinson is not a dancing bear. He does not possess the burst to recover if beaten off the snap and will allow his hands to get outside of his opponents' numbers, which will draw holding calls at the NFL level. At times, Robinson over-extends in pass protection, leaving himself vulnerable to counters back inside. He was certainly aided by South Carolina's talented runners and mobile quarterbacks over his career.

 
 
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05/04/2015 - Lions general manager Martin Mayhew typically skirts need to take talent in the draft, but this year, the team addressed most of the obvious holes - offensive line, defensive tackle, running back and cornerback. "This was a case, I think, a lot of times where the need met up with the right grade on a player," Mayhew said. "For example, in the first round there were a lot of good offensive linemen and defensive linemen around that time in the draft. We ended up getting a pretty good guard, we think. Throughout the draft the need frequently matched up with the grades on the players. We checked off a lot of things we thought that we needed."

Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Saturday during the draft he expects Riley Reiff to remain at left tackle next season. The Lions researched many of the top offensive tackle prospects in the draft hoping to find an upgrade at left tackle and kick Reiff to the right side, but ultimately used their first-round pick on former Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, the presumed starter at left guard in 2015. The Lions took South Carolina tackle Corey Robinson in the seventh-round, but he'll be competing for a role as a backup. - The Sports Xchange

 

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