OT Corey Robinson (South Carolina) - Round 7, Pick No. 240
The Detroit Lions addressed the guard position in the first round by selecting Laken Tomlinson, and they closed out the 2015 NFL Draft by adding another offensive lineman. Specifically, they selected South Carolina's Corey Robinson, giving them extra depth at the tackle position.
Height: 6-foot-7 | Weight: 324 pounds
2012: 9 starts (LT)
2013: 13 starts (LT)
2014: 13 starts (LT)
(via South Carolina)
Robinson switched positions multiple times at South Carolina. He originally joined South Carolina as an offensive lineman, but he moved to defensive tackle after redshirting as a true freshman. Then, after not playing at all the following season, he moved back to the offensive line and developed into a three-year starter at left tackle.
What the experts are saying
This was a great get for the Lions, as Robinson will likely serve as a swing tackle and add some more competition to the starting RT job. Robinson fits the profile of long-armed OTs that the Lions have coveted since 2013.
While Robinson certainly will be viewed as a project, his size combined with his relative upside have scouts intrigued in him as a prospect. However, he will need to work on his hand placement and overall footwork and footspeed.
Hulking tackle, but needs to do more with it. Doesn't have the kick-slide to consistently get out to meet speed off the edge, and when faced with inside moves, he struggles to move feet and secure the gap. Foot quickness could benefit if he trimmed down, but a move inside could be considered if teams feel like he can play with enough bend.
Robinson's lack of ideal foot speed and balance as a pass protector mean that he won't be competing for future Pro Bowls at left tackle. He very likely will be moving to the right side or perhaps even to guard in the NFL, in fact. However, his combination of size, strength and surprising athleticism project well to a power-based NFL offense.
What he brings: Robinson has the mass and length teams covet at offensive tackle. He is a powerful run-blocker and an effective pass-blocker when he plays with sound technique, but his tape is frustrating to watch because of the inconsistencies. The two biggest concerns are his pad level -- he frequently plays too high -- and inconsistent hand placement. There are also concerns about his work ethic, inconsistent killer instinct and ability to control his weight.
Exclude a horrendous performance against Clemson and Vic Beasley, and Robinson would have been pushing for an overall grade that would have ranked among the Top 10 tackles in the draft class. At 6-foot-8 and 344 pounds, Robinson is better in the run game than in pass protection, but still only allowed 16 pressures all season.
(via Draft Breakdown)
Outlook for 2015
If LaAdrian Waddle doesn't start the season on the PUP list, Robinson's chances of making the 53-man roster will ultimately come down to beating out Michael Williams for the final spot at offensive tackle. If he beats out Williams, he should have a spot on the active roster; if he doesn't, chances are he will end up on the practice squad.