The Jacksonville Jaguars have routinely been picked as one of the teams who got “the steal of the draft” and this year is no different — ESPN’s Mike Sando went round by round with NFL evaluators and listed out the biggest steals from each round. And Cam Robinson tops the list for the second round.
Here’s what Sando found from evaluators when he asked them about Robinson:
Cam Robinson, T, Jacksonville Jaguars (pick No. 34)
Teams showered riches upon flawed offensive linemen in free agency because they didn't feel good about college prospects at the position. But if talent at the position were so scarce in the draft and so few NFL teams have two tackles they love or even like, why wouldn't general managers rush to select the two or three prospects worth taking early?
"That was my perspective in our [draft] room," one of the insiders said. "I thought Cam Robinson was one of the best picks in the draft. Now, he did have the marijuana stuff and the gun stuff, but there was nothing malicious and it was not a continual problem -- not like Tim Williams or some of these other guys."
Robinson does not possess the athleticism that made Ronnie Stanley and Laremy Tunsiltop-15 selections last year. But as one of the evaluators said, Robinson does possess good athleticism for his 6-foot-6, 330-pound frame, and his arms are plenty long for the position. Another insider called Robinson a "lock" to start, potentially for the next decade.
It was then that I recalled a pre-draft discussion with an NFL coach who had met with Robinson and came away thinking the former Alabama lineman would be a bust. "Met him, talked to him, watched him on film," this coach had said. "He has one of the best offensive line coaches in college football [Mario Cristobal], has really good skills and still plays bad. So there is something wrong."
I don’t quite get the criticism of Robinson as someone who “plays bad”. Sure, he’s not as athletic as you want out of a guy you get in the top-15, but he wasn’t picked in the top-15. He was a second-round guy who could have gone at the end of the first and no one would have batted an eye. He’s also plenty agile for his frame and size.
Robinson was the only Jaguars player listed, but what do you think? Should any other Jaguars players have been included? Or is Robinson enough on the list?