With the 2014 NFL Draft just one month away, the Oakland Raiders have gone into full draft mode. General manager Reggie McKenzie has done well to fill needs via free agency this offseason, which gives the team options when it comes to the 2014 NFL Draft. One player who could be very intriguing to the Raiders is Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson.
Oakland brought in Donald Penn to play left tackle during free agency, but he is coming off a year where he struggled. The Raiders are counting on him to bounce back and solidify the position, but at 30 years old, Penn is not a long term answer. McKenzie puts extreme emphasis on the offensive line and finding a franchise left tackle is difficult. Robinson had a very strong NFL Combine and has solidified his position among the best tackle prospects. Robinson paired with 2013 second round draft choice Menelik Watson gives the Raiders future security at the tackle position.
Robinson stands 6'5" tall and weighs in at 330 pounds, which gives him a great size, power combination. Couple that with rare athletic ability for his size and Robinson projects as a standout. He possesses long arms to keep defenders at bay and good footwork to take on the speed of NFL defensive linemen. He benched pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the NFL Combine, so his strength is top notch. He is already a very good run blocker which fits how the Raiders want to operate offensively.
The Raiders will have Robinson on their radar come May when they select fifth in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, there is no guarantee he will last that long with such importance placed on left tackles. Oakland will also keep an eye on defensive standouts like Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack to see if they are around at the fifth pick. The team also wants to add some playmakers to the roster which would include wide receiver Sammy Watkins. As always, McKenzie is not opposed to trading down and collecting more picks. All these questions will be answered in one month on May 8th.
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