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Drafting Greg Robinson



This is a response to anyone who thinks Greg Robinson is a good pick for us at 4. Great player and all, and maybe he ends up being an all-pro, but I don't see how it's possible to make a solid case for this being the pick.

I've heard several very qualified analysts(Ross Tucker, Bucky Brooks, Greg Rosenthal) rate him as the second best tackle in the draft. So if Jake Matthews is on the board and we are thinking tackle, why are we not taking Matthews?

Matthews seems more polished and figures to be more effective as a rookie. He also figures to be able to make the transition to the right side with greater ease. Robinson still has a long way to go as a pass protector, and asking him to switch sides could increase the learning curve.

Robinson's greatest strength would be as a run blocker. Many consider him the most dominant at the point of attack as any tackle prospect in years. In order to utilize his strength we would have to run toward the right side. How many times can a team do that in a game? I'm thinking 20 times would be a lot and there are about 120 to 140 passing or running plays in a game and if factoring another 20 or 30 special teams plays then the strength of this pick would be extrapolated for about 12% of a game. Whereas a QB could potentially be involved in half of a games plays and generally affects the whole dynamic of team chemistry more than any other position. And a defensive playmaker also has the ability(through turnovers, sacks, tackles for loss) to affect almost half a games plays.

A quarterback, a defensive playmaker, or even a wide receiver can change the dynamic of the Browns for the better in ways I'm not sure a tackle can. And I agree with the experts that Matthews is the premier tackle prospect of this class...so I cannot at this time defend the opinion of anyone thinking Robinson is a good pick at 4.

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