Tigers ~ 6045/320
These are the Aspects of their Games that I place greatest emphasis on, when evaluating Offensive Tackles:
Power. Above all: Core Power. Upper body Strength is important, but Core Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. All the upper body strength in the world still fails if you can't dig in your heels. But Core Power enables a Lineman to project Power in the Running Game and to reject Power in the Passing Game. And those Players who invest the time and effort to develop superior Core Power are far likelier to enjoy sustained good Health and stay on the Field.
Agility. Lateral Velocity, Acceleration, and above all: Fluidity or Core Agility. Core Agility is even more essential to sustained good Health ~ and to sustained good FootBall ~ than Core Power. The ability to react with Serpentine smoothness is a tremendous asset in all Aspects of the Game, and certainly in the Hand to Hand Combat that characterizes Trench Warfare. All the Power in the World goes only so far if you're stiff and lumbering out there.
Combat Skills. Mechanics. Launch Velocity, Paw Power, and Technique.
Intangibles. Diagnostic Capacity, Processing Speed, and Motor. How effectively he masters Spatial Diagnostics & Angles, how rapidly he recognizes and implements Blocking Schemes based on changing Defensive Tactics, and of course: Drive. How badly he wants it. These are of course difficult things to assess, but it's crucial to at least try to.
Agility. Excellent Lateral Velocity, incredible for a man his size. Extraordinary Fluidity. Really, really impressive. And Outstanding Acceleration to the Second Level or the Flank. Extremely impressive Burst for such an huge guy.
Combat Skills. Mediocre. Needs a lot of Work, here. In all fairness, though, he's only two Years starting.
Intangibles. Mediocre Processing Speed, but of course he's relatively new to the Job. Outstanding Motor.
The Tape shows that he's got precious little experience taking on Edge Rushers on obvious Passing Downs. And on such few occasions as this has transpired, his Mechanics and FootWork were every bit as raw and unrefined as one might expect them to be. Compounding this dearth of Tape that can actually be effectively applied to a Left Tackle Evaluation with the fact that what little Tape there is is frightening, and, furthermore, with the fact that at 6045, Robinson is considerably shorter than what many Teams consider the optimum Height for a Left Tackle, it'll be very interesting to see if his currently skyrocketing Draft Stock takes on water over the next few Months.
I don't believe that his Draft Stock has peaked, yet. I think that before all is said and done, some folks'll be projecting him to go #01, overall...But I also believe that his Stock'll slide considerably at some point.
Personally, I think it's terrific that he's only 6045. I believe that far too much emphasis is placed on Left Tackles's Heights. In fact, I believe that the taller they are, the more likely they are to have or to develop both problems getting consistently into an crouch 80 times a Game that'll allow them to play effectively against men far shorter...and health problems as a direct result of wear and tear that is exacerbated by this abuse.
And I'm not concerned either about the lack of Tape or its frightening quality.
Scouting, as I am so fond of saying, is all about Trajectory, and I believe that Greg Robinson's composite Skill Set, which is highlighted by phenomenal Athletic Agility and utterly magnificent Core Power, is that of an incredibly talented Offensive Tackle, one who, once he develops, has SuperStar written all over'm.
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