Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn Tigers offensive lineman Greg Robinson participates in drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
When we last checked in with the Atlanta Falcons surrounding the NFL Draft, an ESPN mock draft courtesy of Todd McShay had the team selecting Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the 6th overall pick. On Thursday, that projection was given an injection of life from the one and only Mel Kiper.
On an NFL Draft conference call, Kiper glowed aloud about the 6-foot-5, 332-pound Robinson, and in addition to saying that the Falcons “would love to have him at 6”, he referred to the big man as the potential #1 player overall. The Scouts Inc. rankings for the 2014 Draft place Robinson at #2, directly behind Jadeveon Clowney, and we have long been a proponent of Robinson’s selection in this space if he were to fall far enough for Atlanta to snatch him off the board.
It is no secret that the Falcons would likely target Clowney or Robinson (who are both athletic marvels) with their top selection, and the offensive tackle and pass-rusher spots remain two glaring holes after Atlanta made significant moves to sign Jon Asamoah, Paul Soliai, and Tyson Jackson in the early part of free agency. Personally, Clowney would be the far-and-away choice for me if he falls to the Falcons as a “generational talent”, but any circumstance where the team could come away with either Clowney or Robinson without trading up would be the dream scenario.