Along with guard/center A.J. Cann, Corey Robinson gave tailback Mike Davis an outstanding pair of trap blockers for the SC backfield to operate behind. The massive mauler was “just a guy” until he emerged during 2013 fall camp to win the left tackle job. Practicing vs. Jadeveon Clowney every day in practice was perhaps the spark he needed to put it all together – to the tune of twenty touchdown-resulting blocks and 120 knockdowns as a junior.
In 2014, Robinson continued to maul defenders, to the tune of 105 knockdowns and fifteen touchdown-resulting blocks. Even at his size, he is a gifted athlete who consistently plays on his feet. He shows above average quickness and balance for his position and is very well coordinated, demonstrating quick lateral movement. He is only on the ground when he overextends and lunges as a drive blocker, but recovers quickly due to his flexibility. He is quite nimble in pass protection and flashes the ability to move his feet working up field.
Robinson is quick to recognize stunts and games. He shows very good alertness in pass protection and learns and retains plays well. He is not the type that will need several reps in order to understanding blocking concepts. He keeps his head on a swivel and does a very nice job of picking up the action working on the edge.
His surprising initial quickness is evident by his ability to consistently get off the line with explosion to gain position. Still, while he has good explosion off the ball, he needs to keep his base wider. When he gets too narrow, he fails to redirect quickly and can be beaten with an effective cross-over face action. He does play well on his feet and knows how to work his hips and put the defender down when working the chase route.
Even when he overextends, Robinson has the valid balance to recover. He uses his hands very effectively to separate and sustain. The only thing he lacks is a crunching hand punch to shock and jolt, surprising for a player with his baseball mitt-like hands (10 ¾-inch width) and massive size. He creates most of his movement with rise off the snap and ability to use his body mass to stall a defender’s forward progress, but needs to flash a stronger punch in order to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage.
Late in games, Robinson will bend more often at the waist than with his knees. When he locks on, he knows how to use his size and natural power to control the defender though. He has enough lower body strength and mass when he comes off the snap with a flat back, but because of extra “baggage” around the waist, he does struggle in attempts to keep his pad level down (has dropped over 20 pounds since the end of the 2014 season to help improve his agility).
Robinson has the leg drive and blocking angle technique to make the cut off at the second level. He might overextend some, but can recover and drive the defender off the ball. His wing span and kick slide allow him to make blocks on the edge to ride out the speedy pass rushers and he certainly has the balance and feet to mirror when working in-line and in unison with his guards to widen the rush lane.
Robinson has improved his base and hand usage to compensate for a lack of ideal knee bend. When he gets his hands into a defender, he will stun his opponent. His long arms and ability to rest his hands consistently lets him keep edge rushers at bay. He might be a better fit as a guard, as he demonstrates the body control and balance on pulls and traps.
On roll-outs, Robinson gets into the linebacker quickly. When he makes contact, he can wheel and cut the defender off. His feet are very nimble for a player of his size and he rarely misses cuts while consistently finishing. He makes good adjustments in space and is very adept at taking proper blocking angles in the second level.
He has made strides in improving his timing when throwing his hands, but you would like to see more raw power and aggressiveness in this area. He uses his long arms very well to sustain blocks and shut down the edge rush. He does not hold as much as he should, but he does more his feet constantly to gain position. All he needs to be exceptional here is to flash more strength behind his punch.
Corey Robinson NFL Scouting Combine measurable
6-7/324 (5.32 forty)
35 7/8-inch arm length
10 3/4-inch hands
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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