There is a fair amount of debate about Robinson for the NFL. One team said they had Robinson as a top-15 pick and believe that he is a Russell Okung- or Ryan Clady-caliber left tackle for the next level. Another playoff team graded Robinson late in the first round. That organization thinks a team could get by with him at left tackle, but ideally, Robinson would be a right tackle. One NFC team gave Robinson a second-round grade. That team said Robinson could have problems with speed rushers if on the blind side. They said they project him similarly to Tampa Bay's second-year left tackle Donovan Smith. This is a weak tackle draft though, so Robinson will probably go in the top-25 picks.
Overall, Robinson's pass protection was improved in 2016. His bending at the knee looked improved, his feet were better, and he was quicker in his drop. Sources say that Robinson lost 10-15 pounds prior to the season and that helped him in pass blocking. Robinson was still very good in the ground game. He lacks consistency with his bending and balance, hence he isn't considered to be an elite, "top of the draft tackle" prospect. Team sources say Robinson interviewed well at the combine.
Robinson had a strong start to the 2016 season with a number of impressive performances, including games against USC and Arkansas. He held Razorbacks edge rusher Deatrich Wise Jr. to two tackles. Robinson held his own against Ole Miss, but did have an ugly play getting bull rushed by the Rebels' Marquis Haynes. Robinson had a rough start against Tennessee's Derek Barnett giving up a sack and some pressures before settling down to have a strong final three quarters versus the Volunteers edge rusher. Robinson had a good game against Texas A&M superstar Myles Garrett and kept Garrett from getting a sack.
Robinson was a freshman sensation for the Crimson Tide in 2014. He was the leader on an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks on the season. It didn't go as well in 2015 as Robinson allowed pressure and sacks on the quarterback. He had some real problems with Texas A&M superstar Myles Garrett for example. However, Robinson was better down the stretch and helped open a lot of holes for Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry. Given the improvement as the season went along, it wouldn't be surprising if Robinson takes his play to another level in 2016.
There are a lot pluses to the junior's game for the next level. As a pass protector, he has the length and quickness to defend the edge. He also has quick enough feet to cut off speed rushers and also displays some ability to bend at the knees. Robinson uses his length well and adjusts wisely to blitzes. He needs to get more consistent with his bending and shuffling his feet though. He gets sloppy sometimes, and that leads to him giving up some pressures and sacks.
In the ground game, Robinson is a quality blocker. He has strength to turn defenders at the point of attack and open holes. Robinson is quick to the second level to hit blocks as well and is able to pull. He has some power at the point of attack with a physical demeanor.
There is no writeup on this prospect yet...
MOCK DRAFT WRITEUPS