Scouting the Draft: Cam Robinson

Scout takes a look at the offensive tackle out of Alabama and how he can help fortify Big Blue's offensive line.

It’s no secret that the New York Giants need plenty of help on the offensive line. That entire unit, especially tackle Ereck Flowers, struggled mightily the entire 2016 season, leading most to believe that they will look to draft some talented linemen early and often in the 2017 NFL Draft. There’s not a tackle in the country that’s a better option than Alabama's Cam Robinson, a consensus All-American whose run blocking and pass protection helped lead the Crimson Tide to the National Championship for the second straight season. 

Robinson has a rare combination of size and speed that will allow for a smoother transition from the collegiate level to the pros. At 6 feet 6 inches and weighing in at 322 pounds with a 5.15 40-yard dash, Robinson has quick feet that will come in handy when shadowing the top pass rushers in the league. He has quick hands and fires them into his opponents with tremendous force an Robinson has 35 inch-long arms which allow him to get great extensions in his punch and make first contact, and he shows balance on his kick slide and is athletic enough to slide over to catch interior pass rushers. As with all high-quality offensive linemen, Robinson has a great motor and fights hard until the whistle blows.

Robinson isn’t perfect, mainly when it comes to maintaining his blocks for extended periods of time and losing sight of his target on run blocks by ducking his head. His instincts are somewhat questionable to scouts and he often gets fooled by twist stunts and will miss players looping around to the outside.  Balance is also an issue for Robinson, and film on him shows his tendency to have his weight too far in front of his feet. Overall, scouts compare him to Flowers, which may alarm some Giants fans, but that’s mainly due to their similar body types.

Robinson has proven during his time paying in the SEC that he can handle the most talented pass rushers around, and has the skills and physical tools to be a solid NFL tackle. He may be over-drafted because of his position and size, but if he’s there when the Giants are on the clock in the first round and someone like O.J. Howard is off the board, don’t be surprised if the Giants take a chance on Robinson and bring him in to compete with Flowers right away. 

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