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Duke Robinson OL 6'5 329 Oklahoma 5.27

By: Robert Davis

Robinson was a reserve guard and tackle as a freshman before moving into the starting lineup at left guard as a sophomore. He has taken a strangle hold of that position and remained there for the rest of his career, earning All America and All Big 12 honors during his junior and senior seasons.

Strengths

Robinson is a beast at guard. He has all the tools and the mentality to be a pro bowler for many years in the league. He has very good size and the strength to dominate defenders at the point of attack. He will drive his man off the ball and clear out consistent running lanes. Robinson is not just a mauler though, as he has impressive agility for a guard. He quickly gets into his stance and easily adjusts to his mans moves, and keeps them in front of him. Robinson is mean on the field and is always trying to find someone to hit or block until the whistle blows. He may actually have the physical ability to slide out to right tackle in the NFL, making him even more attractive.

Weaknesses

Robinson is about as good a guard prospect as you can find. There really are no knocks in his game, unless you are trying to project him outside at tackle. When you do that, his athleticism and agility drop a notch and arenít as impressive. Most of his experience is inside at guard and it could take some time to adjust to playing on the outside of the line.

Future

Duke Robinson entered the year as the top guard prospect, and will enter the draft as such. Guards do not carry the value that tackles do, and there are as many as six tackles that could end up going in the first round. Robinson should hear his name called in the second round, and make some team happy for a very long time.


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