Will Alabama’s Cam Robinson make the grade at left tackle in the NFL? NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock doesn’t seem to think so.
Mayock has rolled out his first position rankings for the NFL draft, and Robinson is conspicuously absent from his top-five projections at offensive tackle. Instead, Mayock lists Robinson as his second-ranked “interior offensive lineman” — meaning he projects the Alabama product as a guard rather than a tackle.
He’s not the first analyst to express some skepticism about Robinson, who had several unexpected rough moments during the Crimson Tide’s SEC championship season.
An earlier mock draft by NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah did not include Robinson among the first round of picks. Neither did the January 13 mock draft by CBSSports.com draft analyst Dane Brugler.
Interestingly, the player Mayock has as his top interior lineman is Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp, who was a left tackle for the Hilltoppers. He is a Florida native (Venice High) who wasn’t recruited by any Florida school but is considered a lock to come off the board in the first two rounds.
Mayock’s top three offensive tackles are Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk, Utah’s Garett Bolles and Troy’s Antonio Garcia. Ramczyk only played one season at the FBS level, as he transferred from Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Bolles also played just one season of FBS football, as he was a junior college transfer. And Garcia was a two-star recruit from Atlanta whose only FBS offer was from Troy.
Of 61 players in Mayock’s top-five lists by position (the 61st player is because of a tie at offensive tackle), 20 – nearly a third – come from the SEC.
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