Auburn OT Greg Robinson projected to Atlanta Falcons in latest ESPN mock draft


Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn Tigers offensive lineman Greg Robinson runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is rapidly approaching, and while much of the sporting world focuses on basketball and Spring Training, the Atlanta Falcons are under the microscope with regard to their #6 overall pick. Many, many scenarios will arise in the upcoming weeks, but on Thursday, ESPN’s Todd McShay released his latest mock draft that included a very interesting selection for the Falcons.

That projected selection is Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson.

Here are McShay’s thoughts directly from his latest mock ($$):

"Coming out of the combine, I wrote that the Falcons could be one of the big winners in this year’s draft, and in this scenario they hit a home run. Short of Clowney falling to them at No. 6, which isn’t going to happen, this is the scenario that would make the Falcons decision-makers happiest. Robinson is one of the four elite prospects in this year’s class (along with Clowney, Watkins and Buffalo’s Khalil Mack), and he’s the most dominating offensive lineman at the point of attack that I’ve ever evaluated. He also has tremendous athleticism for his size, giving him the ability to hold his own in pass protection right away and the potential to be an excellent pass blocker over time."

Robinson has jumped ahead of Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews for the consensus “best tackle on the board”, and with Jadeveon Clowney off the board (to St. Louis at #2) in this scenario, the Auburn tackle would be a near no-brainer. I’m certainly a bit skeptical of any scenario that sees Robinson drop this far, but aside from Clowney inexplicably dropping into Atlanta’s lap, this would represent the best-case outcome for the Falcons.

What do you think about what the Falcons should do if they stay put at #6? Let us know in the comments.