Robinson Taken 2nd Overall By Rams

Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson was the second overall selection in the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

New York, N.Y.--Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson didn't have to wait long to hear his name called on the first night of the NFL Draft as the St. Louis Rams made him the second overall selection behind Jadeveon Clowney.

The 6-5, 332-pounder was joined as a first-round pick by defensive end Dee Ford being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Robinson will join an organization that has former first round quarterback Sam Bradford running the show and some talented skill players around him. Wanting to shore up the offensive line, Coach Jeff Fisher called on Robinson and he said that his goal now is to get the job done.

"I look forward to blocking for him," Robinson said of Bradford. "Whatever is is I can to to help. I look forward to hearing from him.

"Whatever they ask of me I'm willing to come in and help as much as I can," he added. "Not everybody gets this opportunity. I plan on making the best of it."

Showing big-time athleticism and physical play his first season at Auburn, Robinson came close to getting on the field but instead redshirted in 2011.

Starting in 2012 as the Tigers changed offensive systems, Robinson was a brute force in the running game, but struggled protecting the quarterback with an offense that was constantly in third and long situations.

Back in a familiar offensive system with Coach Gus Malzahn back in control, Robinson flourished in 2013 and had one of the best years for an offensive lineman in school history.

"He is a gifted athlete," ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said. "You talk about a physical and athletic freak, he's one of those freaks coming out--6-5, 332 pounds and runs under a 4.95 (40-yard dash). You watch him, how athletic he is and how agile he is in the run game. That's their bread and butter at Auburn was running the football and running it right down your throat. And Greg Robinson was spectacular."

Greg Robinson

One of the top defensive players in NFL history, Ray Lewis made a name for himself playing for the Baltimore Ravens. On the others side of the ball in Baltimore they had a player by the name of Jonathan Ogden. A top draft pick out of UCLA, he was an all-pro player for the Ravens in 11 of his 12 seasons. Lewis said Robinson reminds him of his former teammate.

"I had the honor to be drafted in the first round with a guy by the name of Jonathan Ogden," Lewis said. "When you watch this guy's ability, Greg Robinson, he has that type of potential. He reminds me so much of Jonathan Ogden and that's the beauty of this pick."

Robinson becomes the 10th Auburn offensive lineman to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and the first since Ben Grubbs went 29th overall to the Baltimore Ravens in 2007.

Greg Robinson is shown as a redshirt sophomore during the 2013 season.

Ken Rice had the distinction of being Auburn's highest-drafted offensive lineman before Thursday night when he was taken with the eighth pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1961. Rice was selected first overall in the AFL Draft that year by the Buffalo Bills.

Other first round Auburn linemen are Kendall Simmons (30th overall to Pittsburgh in 2002), Victor Riley (27th overall to Kansas City) in 1998, Willie Anderson (10th overall to Cincinnati) in 1996, Wayne Gandy (15th overall to Los Angeles Rams in 1994), Forrest Blue (15th overall to San Francisco in 1968), Ken Rice (8th overall to St. Louis Cardinals in 1961) and Jackie Burkett (12th overall to Baltimore Colts in 1959).


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