Robinson's Combine "Just A Great Experience"

Auburn's Greg Robinson talks about his stellar performance at the NFL Combine and reflects on his time on the Plains.

Auburn, Ala.--Checking in at 6-5, 332 pounds when he arrived at last week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson was one of the hottest names among the participants when the action started at Lucas Oil Stadium.

By the time things were finished all Robinson had done was cement himself at the top of the 2014 NFL Draft with his performance.

Running the 40-yard dash in 4.92 seconds to blow away doubters who weren't sure what to expect from him, Robinson backed that up with 32 reps in the bench press and a 28 1/2 inch vertical jump. Those numbers might have surprised NFL coaches and scouts, but they didn't come as a surprise to Robinson himself.

"That was my plan going into it, knowing I had one shot so I was going to give it my all," Robinson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was a good thing that they were looking at me. At Auburn they were looking at me, but they were focused on the Tre Masons and the Nick Marshalls. It was just fun. I did everything here for my teammates and I was successful. For them to give me so much attention now I didn't want to let anyone down. I know everybody expected me to be nervous because all eyes were on me. I just had fun with it and tried my best to enjoy it."

Greg Robinson is shown at the combine held at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The performance on the field wasn't the only thing that Robinson had to live up to while at the combine. In meetings with teams and also going through a range of tests given by the NFL, the talented redshirt sophomore lineman said while it was crazy at times he wouldn't change anything about his opportunity.

"It was just a great experience," he said. "It was once in a lifetime. I just looked at it like I only had one shot.

"The process was kind of overwhelming just waking up so early and doing everything they had us doing, but it was very structured. I was used to it because Auburn prepared me for that.

"As far as enjoying it, I enjoyed every moment of it just meeting all the new people and interviewing with the teams and getting to hear what they thought about me. It was just a wonderful experience."

Robinson will have plenty more opportunities to impress NFL teams in the coming weeks, beginning with Auburn's Pro Day on Tuesday. With Dee Ford and Chris Davis both unable to perform at the combine for medical reasons, it will be a huge day for both to show what they can do along with guys like Jay Prosch, Nosa Eguae, Craig Sanders, Jake Holland, Cody Parkey, Ryan White and Ryan Smith.

Already answering all the questions about his size and physical skills, Robinson said he will skip most of the testing at Auburn's pro day. "I'm going to do just drills really," he said. "I talked to my agent and we talked it out. I'm satisfied with all of the numbers I put up at the combine.

"I'm just going to do drills and have a good attitude with it and adjust to whatever they want me to do," the lineman said. "I know I'll be interacting with more coaches working me out so it should be fun."

With his most important days for his draft future behind him at the combine and certain of being a early draft pick, Robinson said it is just now beginning to sink in about all he has accomplished and what is heading his way in the coming years. Having the ability to take care of his family and provide for his future, he plans to enjoy the next few weeks and soak it all in.

"It's more excitement for me right now," Robinson said. "All that nervous stuff is out of the way for me. That was more of my freshman year. I'm just looking forward to the opportunities that are ahead of me and making the best out of them.

"I'm just ready for the draft because that is the end point of all this. I'll find out where I am finally and go forward with my hard work ethic and try to get better everyday. I'm just ready to go."

Making the transition from talented redshirt in 2011 to dominating blocker and first round draft choice in 2014 has been a work in progress for Robinson. A player who didn't begin playing offensive tackle until his junior season in high school, he will leave Auburn after having one of the top seasons in school history for an offensive lineman. Through it all he has kept a smile on his face all the while working on his craft. Now it is paying off and he said that his time as a Tiger will always hold a special place in his heart.

Robinson in the BCS National Championship Game

"When I came in as a freshman it was tough getting up to par with everything like the workouts," Robinson said. "My body wasn't physically ready for it. All of the coaches and the great people that were around really cared about us. It started out slow as far as redshirting and keeping a positive attitude about that, but I feel like I progressed every year at Auburn. I feel like I am peaking right now, but there is no falling, I can only get higher.

"Last year was real fun and just to experience something like that was something nobody can ever take away from us," he said about his team's SEC Championship season. "Even though we didn't accomplish the ultimate goal, coming off a 3-9 season where we were embarrassed by everybody was something we really needed to pick the program back up. That was real fun and I'm going to remember this season forever."

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