2017 NFL DRAFT

Cam Robinson, OT

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Monroe, LA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 322 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3531-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.15--- 268'10"4.827.81

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Seattle Seahawks | #26
    It is no secret that the Seahawks' top priority over the offseason would be addressing a leaky offensive line. Robinson, the reigning Outland Award winner as the nation's top blocker, possesses the size and strength Seattle prioritizes with a skill-set which projects well to guard or tackle, wherever offensive line coach Tom Cable needs him most.
  • Seattle Seahawks | #26
    The Seahawks are getting by with the bodies they have on the offensive line, but that doesn't mean Seattle shouldn't be looking for upgrades. Robinson is an athletic mover for his size, but the technical flaws and balance issues need to be addressed.
  • Seattle Seahawks | #26
    Their offensive line was a mess last year and this kid has talent. He had a nice game against Myles Garrett.
  • New York Giants | #23
    Eli Manning was under siege for a lot of the 2016 season and the Giants need to get more protection for him up front. That can start with the draft.
  • New York Giants | #23
    The Giants signed D.J. Fluker last week, but he?s apparently set to play right guard and not tackle. Take Robinson, kick Ereck Flowers over to the right side, and move forward with a fully upgraded offensive front.
 

Player Overview

Robinson stands out even among the litany of five star recruits on Alabama's roster, stepping into the starting role at left tackle in the Tide's pro-style attack as a true freshman and never looking back, earning the Outland Trophy as the nation's top blocker to cap the 2016 season.

If one were to draw up the perfect specimen for an offensive lineman, it might look a lot like Robinson, whose hulking frame has appeared NFL-ready since he arrived on campus. Robinson simply engulfs defenders at the point of attack, creating easy running lanes and a wide obstruction for would-be pass rushers. Though he likely will be given every chance to remain at left tackle in the NFL, Robinson's grade is boosted by the fact that he possesses the bulk and strength to project nicely to right tackle or even inside to guard, if needed, just like former Crimson Tide first round picks D.J. Fluker and James Carpenter.

The biggest concern with Robinson, in fact, could be off-field issues, including a troubling arrest prior to the 2016 season on weapons and drug charges that could make his performance during interviews at the Combine critical to his final grade.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS: Given his massive frame, Robinson is surprisingly quick off the ball, showing good lateral agility and balance to mirror pass rushers. He can fire off the ball in the running game, showing the initial burst to pull and climb to the second level, where he is an intimidating presence that most defenders look to avoid at all costs. His greatest attribute, however, may be his iron grip rather than elite footwork, which could prompt a switch to right tackle or even inside to guard at the next level, like his Alabama predecessors. Robinson strikes opponents with a powerful initial punch, showing excellent hand placement and strength to control defenders. Robinson generates impressive power at the point of attack, rolling his hips and driving his legs to steer opponents away from the ball. Though his pad level rises as he tires, Robinson rarely loses the leverage battle, keeping his knees bent through contact.

WEAKNESSES: While powerful and statistically impressive in pass protection, Robinson is not the dancing bear most NFL teams are looking for at left tackle. He can be a tick late off the snap, showing limited ability to recover if beaten initially and can struggle against speed rushers when the quarterback holds the ball. Robinson has been protected a bit in Alabama's scheme with tight ends and backs providing chip blocks and the dominant running game forcing pass rushers to throttle down. Further, Robinson needs to show greater anticipation and change-of-direction while blocking on the move. Too often defenders are able to slip by him at the second level. Robinson comes with legitimate off-field concerns, as well. He was arrested (along with Alabama teammate Hootie Jones), at closed park in Robinson's hometown of Monroe, Louisiana on troubling drug and weapons charges. Though the charges - which included felony possession of a stolen gun and marijuana -- were later dropped due to insufficient evidence, the incident resulted in both players being placed on indefinite suspension by head coach Nick Saban as well undergo weekly drug tests, meet regularly with police and drug counselors and perform at least 20 hours of community service.

IN OUR VIEW: Scouts will have to do their homework on Robinson's off-field issues but on the field, he's shown toughness, strength and athleticism - attributes which will help him quickly earn a starting role early in his NFL career, though not necessarily on the blindside.

COMPARES TO: Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills: Like the 6-foot-6, 345 pound Glenn, Robinson lacks the light feet to remain at left tackle in every scheme but he's powerful enough to latch on and control opponents and comes with a proven track record against top competition.

--Rob Rang (1/6/17)

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