Time is running out for former Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson.
The clock already has struck midnight on his career with the Los Angeles Rams, who drafted him second overall in 2014 but dumped him Thursday, shipping him to the Detroit Lions for a sixth-round draft choice.
Now, Robinson has another chance – maybe his last chance – to avoid a lofty ranking on the NFL’s all-time list of first-round draft busts.
How did it go wrong? That’s a complicated question.
Before the 2014 draft, respected NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah was asked if there were any potential future Hall of Famers in the draft class. Jeremiah said Robinson. Jeremiah said that although Robinson was better at run blocking than pass blocking, his overall skills merited comparison to Hall of Fame tackle Willie Roaf.
That opinion hasn’t held up well.
After 46 games (including 42 starts), an end-of-year benching and a whole lot of inconsistent football, the Rams’ brain trust finally decided enough was enough. and concluded that their planned cornerstone of the offensive line was now worth as much as a third-day draft pick.
Here’s a look at how Robinson compares some other top-five draft busts this century:
DE Dion Jordan
2013-16, Miami Dolphins; 2017-, Seattle Seahawks
Why he’s here: Here’s how bad the Jordan pick turned out for the Dolphins: The defensive end had more games on various ineligible lists than on the field. In football, that’s bad. And when you’re the third overall pick, as Jordan was coming out of Oregon in 2013, that’s a disaster. Jordan started with a modest 26-tackle, two-sack rookie season, but then the trouble began. He sat out six games in 2014 due to violations of the NFL’s prohibited substance policy, then drew a suspension for a third violation and missed the whole 2015 season. He spent all of 2016 on the non-football injury list. That’s 26 games played and 38 missed in Miami. Even if Jordan revives his career with the Seahawks, it’s too late to salvage this pick for the Dolphins.
RB Trent Richardson
2012-13, Cleveland Browns; 2013-14, Indianapolis Colts
Why he’s here: The third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Richardson helped Alabama win two national championships and was considered by many the most talented back on the Crimson Tide roster, even better than Heisman winner Mark Ingram. In the NFL, though, it just didn’t work. Though Richardson rushed for 11 touchdowns as a rookie, that figure disguised a poor 3.6 yards-per-carry average. The Browns traded him to the Colts for a first-rounder just a week into the 2013 season, but he fared worse in Indianapolis and played his last NFL game in 2014. Career figures: 2,032 yards, 3.3 yards per carry.
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