Greg Robinson
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Robinson in 2019
No. 78
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1992-10-21) October 21, 1992 (age 29)
Raceland, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school:Thibodaux
(Thibodaux, Louisiana)
College:Auburn (2011–2013)
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:83
Games started:70
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Gregory Keith Robinson (born October 21, 1992) is a former American football offensive tackle. After playing college football at Auburn, he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams second overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns.

Early years

Robinson attended Thibodaux High School in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where he was a two-time all-state lineman for the Tigers football team. He did not play on the offensive line until junior year of high school after playing defensive line as a freshman. After his senior season, Robinson participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

As a standout athlete, Robinson was one of the state's top performers in the shot put competition. In the discus, he got a top-throw of 43.48 meters at the 2010 Thibodaux Tiger Relays, placing second.[1] He won the shot put event at the 2011 High School Last Chance Qualifier, recording a career-best throw of 18.26 meters.[2]

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Robinson was ranked as the second best guard prospect in the nation, behind Aundrey Walker.[3]

College career

At Auburn, Robinson was redshirted in 2011.[4] He took over as the starting left tackle in 2012 and started 11 games. As a sophomore in 2013, he was a first team All-SEC selection.[5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
332 lb
(151 kg)
35 in
(0.89 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.92 s 1.72 s 2.88 s 4.86 s 7.80 s 28+12 in
(0.72 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
32 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams

Robinson was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round with the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.[7] Robinson was the highest Auburn Tigers offensive lineman ever selected, beating out Ken Rice, the eighth overall pick in the 1961 NFL Draft.[8]

On June 16, 2014, the Rams signed Robinson to a fully guaranteed, four-year, $21.28 million rookie contract that also included a $13.79 million signing bonus and no offset language.[9]

In the 2016 season, Robinson arrived at training camp 14-15 lbs overweight. He began the regular season as the starting left tackle, but was inefficient throughout the first ten games of the season and was also penalized 12 times in the first ten games. On November 27, 2016, Robinson was a healthy scratch for the Rams' Week 11 match-up against the New Orleans Saints and was replaced by starting left guard Rodger Saffold.[10]

On March 9, 2017, after signing tackle Andrew Whitworth, the Rams moved Robinson to guard.[11] On April 11, 2017 Robinson was moved to right tackle and Rob Havenstein was moved from right tackle to guard.[12] On May 2, 2017, the Rams declined the fifth-year option on Robinson's contract, making him a free agent after the 2017 season.[13]

Detroit Lions

On June 15, 2017, Robinson was traded to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick. The trade was made after Lions starting left tackle Taylor Decker underwent shoulder surgery that made him miss 4–6 months.[14][15] He was waived by the Lions on November 10, 2017, citing an injury. Prior to the waiver, Robinson missed two games due to an ankle injury.[16] He was placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers.[17]

Cleveland Browns

2018 season

Robinson was signed by the Cleveland Browns on June 19, 2018.[18] He was named a backup tackle to begin the season, behind rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison and right tackle Chris Hubbard. He was named the starting left tackle in Week 9, and started there the rest of the season, taking over from the undrafted rookie Harrison. The Browns finished with a 7-8-1 record.

Robinson was re-signed by the Browns to a one-year contract on February 25, 2019.[19]

2019 season

In 2019, Robinson remained the starting left tackle for the Browns, starting 15 games, missing the Browns Week 13 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a concussion.[20] In Week 1 of the 2019 season against the Tennessee Titans, Robinson was ejected from the game after he kicked Titans' safety Kenny Vaccaro in the head.[21] He was fined $10,527 for the incident.[22] He recorded a recovered fumble in the Browns Week 5 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and was part of the offensive line that blocked for Nick Chubb as he finished second in the league in rushing yards. The Browns finished with a 6-10 record.

Robinson became an unrestricted free agent following the 2019 season.[23]

Legal troubles

On February 18, 2020, Robinson was jailed in El Paso County, Texas for possession of 156.9 pounds of marijuana. Robinson – who was also with 26-year-old ex-NFL player Quan Bray – was stopped around 7:15 PM on Monday evening after a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog alerted to the rear cargo door of their 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. According to the docs, Robinson and Bray were not reentering the country from Mexico – rather they were trying to get from Los Angeles to Louisiana and hit the checkpoint on the way. There was a third person in the SUV, an Uber driver who was not charged. During the stop, Robinson and Bray allegedly tried to get that person to take the fall for the weed. Robinson and Bray faced up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.[24] He was ultimately sentenced to 5 years probation. On February 9, 2022, Robinson was arrested again with possession of $120,000 worth of illegal drugs in Louisiana.[25]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "High School Last Chance Qualifier - Complete Results (Raw)".
  3. ^ "Greg Robinson". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Erickson, Joel A. (December 24, 2011). "Auburn football: Freshman left tackle Greg Robinson wows Tigers during practice for Chick-fil-A Bowl". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "2013 Associated Press All-SEC Team Announced". secdigitalnetwork.com. December 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  6. ^ "Greg Robinson". nfl.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  7. ^ Farrar, Doug (May 8, 2014). "St. Louis Rams select Greg Robinson with the No. 2 pick 2014 NFL draft". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  8. ^ Black, Ryan (May 8, 2014). "Auburn's Greg Robinson taken by St. Louis with second overall pick". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved May 9, 2014."[...] Robinson's pick marked the highest an Auburn lineman has ever been selected in the NFL, bettering Ken Rice, who was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Cardinals [...] in 1961."
  9. ^ "Sportrac.com: Greg Robinson contract". Sportrac.com. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Patra, Kevin (November 27, 2016). "Greg Robinson is a healthy scratch for LA Rams". NFL.com. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  11. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 9, 2017). "Rams set to swipe Andrew Whitworth from Bengals". NFL.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  12. ^ Simmons, Myles (April 11, 2017). "Which Rams May Shift Positions in 2017?". TheRams.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (May 2, 2017). "It's official: Rams won't pick up Greg Robinson's fifth-year option". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  14. ^ "Lions acquire T Greg Robinson via trade and sign free agent T Cyrus Kouandjio". DetroitLions.com. June 15, 2017.
  15. ^ Patra, Kevin (June 15, 2017). "Rams trade ex-No. 2 pick Greg Robinson to Lions". NFL.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  16. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Lions waive OT Greg Robinson with injury designation". NFL. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  17. ^ Inabinett, Mark (November 10, 2017). "Detroit Lions waive former No. 2 draft choice Greg Robinson". AL.com. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  18. ^ "Browns sign OL Greg Robinson". ClevelandBrowns.com. June 19, 2018.
  19. ^ "Browns re-sign OL Greg Robinson". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 25, 2019.
  20. ^ "Greg Robinson ruled out vs. Steelers with a concussion". brownswire.usatoday.com. December 1, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  21. ^ "Mariota, Titans sack Mayfield, hyped Browns 43-13 in opener". www.espn.com. September 8, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  22. ^ "Roundup: Greg Robinson fined $10,527 for kick". www.NFL.com. September 14, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  23. ^ Ulrich, Nate. "Browns analysis: What to expect from GM Andrew Berry in free agency". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  24. ^ "Greg Robinson were jailed in Texas on marijuana charge". NFL. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  25. ^ "Greg Robinson ex-NFL OL arrested allegedly possessed $120K worth of drugs". TMZ.com. February 9, 2022.