Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Player Profile: Oklahoma OG Duke Robinson

Pros: Robinson dominated most of the competition he faced in his career at Oklahoma. He has good size at 6’5, 329 pounds and excels at driving his man back and finishing with a pancake. Robinson came up huge, time after time for OU in short yardage situations. He is extremely powerful at the point of attack. The former Sooner understands the game very well and knows what he needs to do for his team to pick up the first down or score from the goal line. When pass blocking, the guard shows good leverage and balance.

Cons: Robinson has the size to play tackle but he probably lacks the athleticism and quickness to make the transition. He often struggles with quick defenders and doesn’t do well in space with linebackers or defensive backs. If Robinson’s first punch doesn’t slow down the defender he is often beaten at the line of scrimmage, potentially leading to a negative play.

Scouts take: Robinson was a two time All-American at OU and he is probably the most dominating run blocker in this class. Known for his physical play and mean demeanor, Robinson shows a lot of promise at the next level. The Big XII star should be able to start immediately in the NFL, and if he works at his pass blocking and stays in shape he could be in the Pro Bowl for many years to come. Guards aren't usually taken in the first round but if a team towards the end of round one feels he would be a great fit, he could sneak in late in the round and find a home with a team that loves to pound the ball. Don’t be surprised if this Boomer Sooner is the first interior lineman off the board come the final weekend in April.

Photo Credit: OU Athletics Department