Is Alabama’s Cam Robinson a franchise left tackle or will he be forced to make a position switch in the NFL?
School: Alabama Ht: 6-5 Wt: 326
Robinson meets all of the height / weight / length thresholds for an NFL offensive tackle. He is a mauler in the run game. Fires off the ball aggressively, but in control. He has a powerful punch, routinely jolts and manipulates defensive linemen. He has big, strong hands and is dominant when able to latch on to his target. Robinson is a hard worker and a leader along the Alabama offensive line. Gains and maintains leverage, regularly, when run blocking. Displays impressive power at the point of attack from his lower body, rolling his hips and driving defenders off the ball.
Robinson is not as light on his feet as the ideal left tackle. Routinely struggles with speed in pass protection. Does not display the same urgency as a pass blocker as he does in the run game. He’s sluggish out of his stance and is not mechanically sound in his kick-slide. Has sloppy hands and lunges far to often, especially after being beaten previously to the outside. When run-blocking on the second level, he has trouble making contact with his target and will allow defenders to elude him.
Robinson also has an off-field history 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.
A highly regarded, big-time recruit out of high school, Robinson absolutely lived up to those expectations in college. However, his physical skill-set may not transfer to the NFL as a left tackle. With his strengths in the run game and limitations in pass protection, a move to right tackle or guard may be in Robinson’s future. In a power-based, run-heavy offense, Robinson may find success on the left side. But, he has all-pro potential as a right tackle and that may be in his (and his future employer’s) interest.
Flozell Adams (retired)
Late Round 1