Yesterday the Rams surprised absolutely no one by announcing that they would not exercise their fifth-year option on former #2 overall pick Greg Robinson.
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Now I am going to surprise absolutely no one by announcing that this is a “make-or-break” year for Robinson.
Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, Robinson was one of the most hyped prospects in the whole draft.
Aside from Jadeveon Clowney, Robinson was seen at the prospect with perhaps the most potential due to his raw ability.
He had improved in every season that he played at Auburn, and was named All-SEC 1st Team in his final season with the Tigers.
Then the combine came.
Robinson, who came in at 6’5, 332 pounds, ran an insane 4.92 40-yard dash, outrunning all other lineman, and some quarterbacks, including Jameis Winston, Blake Bortles, and Jimmy Garoppolo.
But perhaps the biggest draw of Robinson, was the fact that he could still improve so much.
The problem lately is that he has not.
Since joining the Rams, he has played in 46 games, starting 42 of them.
But during those starts he has been mostly underwhelming.
Last season Robinson posted a grade of 38.0, and has yet to post a season grade higher than 41.3.
Now I’m not saying Robinson hasn’t faced “adversities” during his career, but now it’s time to put those to rest.
“Well the coaching is the problem”
This was true, but now there is a new coaching staff in place, and new Rams offensive line coach Aaron Kromer is one of the best in the biz. If he can’t fix Robinson, no one can.
“Well maybe he’s just not cut out for left tackle”
Well we already know that he is very likely not going to be playing left tackle again for the Rams. Signing All-Pro tackle Andrew Whitworth will push Robinson to right tackle, where he won’t have the pressure of guarding the blind side of Jared Goff. We have seen the move from left to right tackle work out for many players in the NFL, and it could be a big help for Robinson as well.
“Well the offensive line is a team sport”
It is true that an offensive line is only as strong as it’s weakest link. And in recent years there have been quite a few weak links in the Rams offensive line. This year should be different however, as the Rams added Whitworth, John Sullivan, and Rob Havenstein moved to the guard position.
One other thing that Robinson going for him still is his age. He is only 24 years old, and that’s still just on the right side of his prime.
I do believe that Robinson still has All-Pro potential, and I do believe that he will have a good season for the Rams.
Thankfully for Robinson, and Rams fans; Robinson will have the biggest motivator that you could give a player – $$$$$$$$$.
Mike Gallagher is the Managing Editor for the LA Rams on cover32.com, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Mr.MikeGallagher