Could big Cam Robinson be the Broncos answer at left tackle?
One prospect who the Denver Broncos have been showing interest in and may consider in the first-round of the 2017 NFL Draft is former Alabama offensive tackle, Cam Robinson. He is a 6-6, 322lbs, and is considered one of, if not the top offensive tackle prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. Robinson is ranked as the 35th overall prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports and is ranked as the third-best offensive tackle in the draft.
Robinson started every game of his career at left tackle for Alabama and was the Freshman All-American and two-time first-team during his career. He also was a consensus All-American his Junior year at Alabama where they went undefeated and advanced to the National Championship.
Offensive tackle, Junior, Alabama
Height: 6'6" Weight: 322lbs 40 time: 5.15 seconds
Arm Length: 35 1/2" Hands: 10 1/2"
Vertical Jump: 26 inches Broad Jump: 106.0 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.81 seconds 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.82 seconds
- Has the ideal size and frame you want for an NFL offensive tackle
- Powerful run blocker
- Quick off the snap, especially for a man of his size
- Good enough athleticism to reach the second level in the run game
- Strong hands and has a powerful punch
- Good extension/reach allows him to get to speed rushers
- Tough in the trenches and plays through the whistle
- Anchors well and doesn't get bull rushed often
- Played against elite SEC talent while at Alabama
- A three-year starter at left tackle and never missed a game
- Poor balance
- Struggles against speed rushers
- Questions about his pass blocking ability
- Is he a left tackle, a right tackle, or a guard?
- Had tight end help while blocking(O.J. Howard)
- Doesn't bend well
- Off the field issues while at Alabama. Charges were dropped, but troubling issues.
Does Cam Robinson make sense for the Broncos?
I'm torn on the idea.
I like him better than the other two offensive line prospects who are usually rated higher than Robinson, but I am not completely sold on him being a left tackle.
He is a great run blocker who is powerful as they come but struggles with pass protection. Iffy balance and is coming from a run first offense. I have my doubts.
I think he should at least start out as a right tackle and eventually move over to the left side once he develops more as a player. I think putting him at left tackle early on is just a bad idea.
I'm not saying he can't be a starting caliber left tackle, I just don't think he is there yet.
What you're getting now is a powerful run blocker who will instantly help your run game. That is why many project him at right tackle and even right guard according to NFL Network's draft expert Mike Mayock.
It's one of the few groups that isn't really strong this year. I've got Ramczyk and Bolles one and two. After those two kids -- and when I say that, I've got Cam Robinson as a guard. He could also play tackle, obviously. But I think there is a drop-off after Ramczyk and Bolles. In a typical year, ten tackles go in the first three rounds, and I can't find ten guys that I would give grades to their rounds one through three.
I do think Cam would fit well into the Broncos power scheme. Also, McCoy has a history of drafting former big run blocking tackles from Alabama(D.J. Fluker) so I could see him being interested in Robinson. The big question is if they view him at left tackle or right tackle. The answer to that question greatly increases or decreases his chances of going in the first round to the Broncos.