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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Robert Turner

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 318 | College: New Mexico
 
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Overview

Outstanding talent who is the latest in a succession of dominant offensive linemen to come out of the UNM program … had been overshadowed a bit early in his career by some of the Lobos' other elite linemen, but made a name for himself over the past 2 years, earning first team all-MWC honors at guard in 2005 and 06 … was listed as one of the nation's top senior guards by ESPN.com's NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. during the summer … did not partake in contact drills during the spring in order to allow a broken wrist to heal completely … suffered the injury in the 2005 season finale vs. Air Force, but did not leave the game … one of the premier run blockers in the Mountain West Conference, paving the way for a 1,000-yard rusher all 4 years of his career, and has improved his pass protection each year as well … a very personable and mature young man off the field, but is an intimidating, fiery competitor between the lines … is the Lobos' enforcer on offense who is one of the most physical linemen ever to come through the program … now the leader of the Lobos' gigantic group of offensive linemen, known as The Hitmen.

Is usually the first player to help his teammates up after being tackled and the first into the end zone to congratulate a UNM touchdown scorer … teammates named him Most Inspirational Player following the '05 season … has started all 48 games of his career and is tied for 5th in the country for consecutive starts … outstanding lower-body strength with a max of 605 in the squat … was a little overweight when he arrived at UNM, but he has improved his mobility greatly after dropping nearly 25 pounds over the past two years … is now totally committed to his fitness and vigilant about his nutrition … enjoys cooking and said he considered going to culinary school when he was younger … 2003 Scripps/FWAA Freshman All-America Team selection … moved into the starting lineup at guard during the final week of 03 preseason practice … was on the travel squad throughout the season as a true freshman.

Analysis

Positives: Good size and at least adequate initial quickness off the snap. Has an effective hand punch and can lock out defenders. At his best as a pass blocker. Good lateral slide and some short-area quickness to squeeze the defender. Hard worker who gets the most out of his ability. Flashes some nastiness. Stepped up his level of play at the East-West Shrine Game against better competition.

Negatives: Lacks overall athleticism. Not explosive out of his stance and only has marginal ability to gain movement as a run blocker. Lacks agility when blocking on the move. Only marginal upside due to his moderate natural skills and may be maxed out.

2006 Season

Is the leader of a much-improved offensive line unit that has worked hard to master a brand new blocking scheme in Bob Toledo's pro-style offense … started the first game at right tackle before sliding back his natural position of right guard in week 2 … has displayed veteran poise and done a tremendous job tutoring an inexperienced right tackle in JC transfer Devin Clark … Clark has quickly emerged as one of the strengths of the O-line, thanks in part to Turner's mentorship … 36 big effort plays, 13 cut blocks and 24 pins this fall (10 games graded) … has been dominant down the final stretch, helping sophomore Rodney Ferguson lead the MWC with 1,132 rushing yards in his first year as a starter … vs. San Diego State … Continued his stellar play as The Hitmen blew open some massive holes to clear the way for Rodney Ferguson's 210 yards rushing … Ferguson had 4 runs of 20+ yards, including a 49-yard TD on a 3rd-and-1 play, and wasn't touched until he reached the secondary on his long gains … credited for 7 big effort plays, 2 pins and 1 cut in 52 snaps, and did not allow a sack … at No. 23 BYU … Dominating performance as UNM controlled the line of scrimmage against the MWC champions.

Matched his season-highs for the second straight week with 6 big effort plays and 6 pins, to go along with 2 cuts … helped the Lobos put up 418 yards of total offense - the most the Cougars allowed in their 6 home games … UNM also had 173 rushing yards, including 138 by Rodney Ferguson - the most BYU has allowed an opposing RB all year … did not allow a sack … vs. TCU … Played perhaps his best game of the year against one of the MWC's premier defesive units … had season-highs of 6 big effort plays and 6 pins to go along with a pair of cuts to help UNM pound out 102 rushing yards against the nation's 4th-ranked rushing defense … after a slow start, the offensive line also allowed just 1 sack during the Lobos' furious second half rally … did an excellent job of hustling downfield to make blocks on long runs and screen passes … at Colorado State … Another fine effort against a tough defensive unit … credited with 4 big effort plays, along with 2 pins and a cut-block.

Did not allow a sack and helped wear down the Rams' front 7, allowing TB Rodney Ferguson to pick up 31 of his 80 yards in the 4th quarter … vs. Utah … Excellent performance as The Hitmen turned in one of their most complete games of the year against a big, physical defensive front … did not allow a sack and helped TB Rodney Ferguson wear down the Utes, rushing for 59 yards in the 4th quarter … the protection he and his linemates provided allowed rookie QB Donovan Porterie to throw for 350 yards, the best by a Lobo in 3 years … at Air Force … Turned in another solid performance up front, recording 5 perfect effort plays for the second straight week along with 3 cuts and 2 pins … raced downfield to cut down S Julian Madrid, springing Rodney Ferguson's 58-yard TD on a screen play … vs. UTEP … Enjoyed his best game of the young season against a veteran defense … displayed the physical tools and aggressive play that have made him one of the best linemen in the country.

Helped the UNM running game control the game with 193 yards on 45 attempts, including a career-high 162 from TB Rodney Ferguson … had a season-high 5 perfect effort plays, along with 2 pins and 1 cut … vs. Missouri … Held his own in a challenging match-up against one of the nation's premier defensive fronts … did not allow a sack and helped blow open some big holes for TB Rodney Ferguson … at New Mexico State … Played all 60 snaps and helped the Lobos' tailback trio of Rodney Ferguson, Mike Love and Paul Baker pick up 98 yards on 20 carries (4.9 avg.) … The Hitmen were also much improved in pass protection, allowing just one sack … sprinted downfield to lead the way for Marcus Smith's 61-yard TD on a 3rd-and-9 screen pass in the 4th quarter … the score proved to be the game-winner for the Lobos.

2005 Season

Enjoyed a career year, displaying his typical power and much improved technique and execution … rewarded with first team all-MWC honors for the first time in his career … was second on the team, behind senior center Ryan Cook, with 98 knockdown blocks (8.9 avg.) … also one of the most assignment sound players on the line … posted overall performance grades of 88% or more in 9 games and a grade of 90% or above in 6 games … career-high performance grades of 95% in road games against two of the league's premier defensive line units in TCU and Utah … recorded double-digit knockdown totals 5 times … The Hitmen were the power behind one of the league's most improved offenses, clearing a path for the No. 2 rushing attack and only allowing 19 sacks, which were the fewest in the MWC among the 8 teams with 300+ pass attempts … vs. Air Force … Fine all-around game, despite playing through a broken wrist … piled up 12 KD blocks and finished with an overall grade of 92% (96% assignment, 88% technique) in all 78 snaps … helped the Lobos rush for 227 yards … at Utah … Excellent performance against one of the top defensive line units in the league … was nearly flawless on his assigments with a grade of 99% and executed his block perfectly on 90% of his 79 offensive snaps.

Matched his career-high with an overall performance grade of 95% and had 5 knockdowns … at San Diego State … Just 4 KD blocks, but made very few mistakes against an active front 7 … finished with an overall performance grade of 91%, posting a near-flawless 99% assignment mark and an 82% technique evaluation … slid over to strong tackle in the second half when Terrance Pennington left with an injury … O-line turned in a fine performance as the Lobos churned out 287 rushing yards and 534 total without allowing a sack … at Wyoming … Helped The Hitmen dominate the line of scrimmage, clearing the way for 237 rushing yards on 66 attempts, the most since 1984 … the O-line allowed just a single "coverage" sack when the QB ran out of bounds … notched a season-high 14 KD blocks and posted an overall performance grade of 90% … matched his season-best with a 98% assignment grade and had a solid 81% technique mark as well … vs. BYU … Continued his stellar play, grading out at 93% and notching 9 knockdowns … had a near-flawless 99% assignment grade and a team-best 86% technique evaluation … led The Hitmen as UNM controlled the line of scrimmage, clearing the way for 244 rushing yards and not allowing a sack against a high-pressure Cougar defense … at TCU … Quietly turned in one of the best games of his career.

Led the team with 13 KD blocks and was incredibly assignment sound as well … recorded an assignment grade of 98% and received a career-best technical mark of 91% for his sharp execution … 95% overall performance grade … helped pave the way for DonTrell Moore's 129-yard rushing effort against a stout defensive line … vs. New Mexico State … Led another dominant performance up front for the Lobos as the offensive line paved the way for the team's 314 rushing yards and did not allow a sack … notched a team-high 11 knockdowns and finished with an overall grade of 88%, including a 97% assignment mark … at Missouri … Part of an outstanding effort by the Hitmen who paved the way for 200 yards rushing and did not allow a sack against an athletic Big 12 defensive front … 98% assignment grade and tallied 9 more KD blocks … vs. UNLV … Got off to a good start, tying for the team-high with an 88% overall grade (93% assignment, 83% technique) … led the team with 10 KD blocks in all 73 plays.

2004 Season

Was the Lobos' most physically dominant lineman throughout the year, posting a team-high 137 knockdown blocks (11.4 avg.) in 12 starts on the year en route to Honorable Mention all-MWC honors … got off to a great start, posting 64 KDs in his first 4 games of the year (16 avg.) … notched double-digit knockdown games 8 times, including 4 straight to cap the regular season … really stepped up the technical and mental aspects of his game during the conference season … assignment grade was 95% or above 8 times during the year … vs. Wyoming … Turned in one of the finest games of his career as the Lobos churned out 304 rushing yards on 45 carries … finished with a perfect 100% assignment grade for the first time in his career and shattered his previous career-best with an 88% technique mark … also posted a team-high 12 KD blocks in all 60 snaps … at BYU … Tallied 10 more knockdowns against a big, physical defensive line … recorded a strong 94% assignment grade in all 59 snaps and helped DonTrell Moore go over 100 yards rushing … at Colorado State … Part of a tremendous effort by The Hitmen … blew open some giant holes, paving the way for 181 team rushing yards, and did not allow a sack … tallied 10 KD blocks with a 97% assignment grade and a 83% technique mark in all 64 snaps … vs. San Diego State.

Solid performance against a powerful defensive front, posting 12 knockdowns, an assignment grade of 97% and technique mark of 82% in all 70 snaps … at UNLV … Recorded 7 knockdowns in all 77 snaps and finished with a 96% assignment grade … helped a strong performance by The Hitmen as the Lobos rushed for 284 yards and held the ball for 35 minutes … at Air Force … Tallied 9 KD blocks and recorded a 98% assignment grade in 66 snaps … he and The Hitmen helped DonTrell Moore notch another 100-yard game and allowed just 1 "coverage" sack … at New Mexico State … Excellent effort, helping to blow open some massive holes as the Lobos' piled up 321 yards on 62 rushing attempts (5.2 avg.) and did not allow a sack … plowed defenders any direction he chose and finished with a career-high 21 knockdown blocks … also had a 97% assignment grade … vs. Texas Tech … Outstanding performance once again, tallying 16 KD blocks … also had an assignment grade of 95% and a 78% technique grade in 65 snaps … he and his fellow Hitmen helped the Lobos rush for 142 yards and did not allow a sack against a solid Big XII front line … vs. Washington State … Strong effort in his first start at strong guard … notched 16 KD blocks and recorded a 92% assignment grade and 78% technique mark … helped the Lobos' rack up 415 yards of total offense, including 186 on the ground, against a tough Cougar defense.

2003 Season

Was a stalwart performer in his first 13 collegiate games, notching 127 knockdown blocks (2nd on the team) in the regular season, including 66 in his last 5 regular season games (13.2 avg.) … key member of one of the most dominant offensive line units in school history, which powered the nation's 16th-ranked rushing offense (2nd MWC) and the MWC's top-ranked scoring offense … named Honorable Mention all-MWC by the Las Vegas Review Journal … Wyoming … Powerful performance, notching a career-high 16 KD blocks to help the Lobos pound out 336 rushing yards in blizzard-like conditions … did not allow a sack in all 75 snaps … Air Force … Notched 13 knockdowns with a 97% assignment grade in all 69 offensive snaps … part of a dominant run blocking performance by The Hitmen as the offensive line notched 82 KD blocks to pave the way for the Lobos' 274 rushing yards … Colorado State.

Finished with 9 knockdowns and had an assignment grade of 96% in all 57 snaps … helped create some giant holes to clear the way for DonTrell Moore's career-high 242-yard rushing performance … UNLV … Team-high 13 KD blocks in 73 offensive plays … Utah … Excellent effort, tallying 15 knockdowns along with a 95% assignment grade in 86 snaps … did not allow a sack and helped The Hitmen steamroll the nation's 25th-ranked run defense as UNM piled up 407 rushing yards … Utah State … 10 knockdowns in 82 snaps, helping clear the way for DonTrell Moore's second straight 100-yard game (132 yards) … Texas Tech … 15 KD blocks in 96 snaps helping to pave the way for the Lobos' 235 rushing yards … Texas State … Strong debut in his first collegiate game … notched 10 knockdown blocks in three quarters of play.

High School

A 2002 graduate of Austin (Texas) Lake Travis HS … offensive lineman who had 89 pancake blocks and graded at 90% during his senior year … three-year starter on the offensive line and team captain his senior season … second team all-CenTex pick for coach Charlie Sadler … named to Team Elite by national magazine Gridiron Greats … also started at defensive tackle his final two years … a member of the Cavaliers' powerlifting team as well … best lifts are 605-lb. squat, 325-lb. bench press and 550-lb. dead lift for a combined total of 1,480 lbs … tossed the shot 51-7 and the discus 148-11 … spent time reading stories and playing games as an elementary school mentor … also an officer with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Personal

Born Aug. 20, 1984, in Austin … age is 22..full name is Robert Wayne Turner II … son of Robert and Suzanne … father is a gunsmith, mother an assistant librarian … majoring in University Studies.

 
 

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