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Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: OG Duke Robinson, despite being selected in the fifth round, could find his way to a starting spot at right guard, or at the very least provide some depth for the Panthers. A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 5/163 -- Duke Robinson, OG, 6-5, 329, Oklahoma...Robinson had plenty of success in college and could wind up starting at right guard if Keydrick Vincent can't return from a groin injury. If nothing else, Robinson can serve as a versatile backup, big enough to shift from guard to tackle. - by The Sports Xchange
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The great nephew of singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson, Duke is a versatile athlete who has experience at offensive guard and tackle. Regarded as one of the premier blockers in the collegiate game, he was the unquestioned leader of the Sooners' front wall that cleared rush lanes and protected the pocket for one of the most explosive offenses in the history of the game.
Oklahoma shattered NCAA season records for scoring, as its total of 716 points topped the previous record of 656 points, set by Hawaii in 2006. Robinson delivered 14 touchdown-resulting blocks as a senior, helping the offense total 96 touchdowns, which bettered the NCAA season record of 89 touchdowns by Nebraska in 1983. The Sooners also had a string of five consecutive games with at least 60 points.
At Washington High School, Robinson was rated the 13th-best prep offensive lineman in the country by ESPN and 15th by Rivals.com (also ranked 51st overall by Rivals). The three-year starter at offensive tackle was named the Atlanta Touchdown Club Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2004. He also garnered Prep Star All-American, All-City and All-State first-team recognition.
In 2004, Robinson recorded 87 pancake blocks and graded 91 percent for blocking consistency. He also played nose guard on short yardage defensive plays. Named to the Super 11 squad by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2004, the youngster also spent his prep summers working as a hawker selling programs and peanuts at Atlanta Braves games.
Robinson enrolled at Oklahoma in 2005. He was the line's "sixth man" as a true freshman, appearing in 10 games as a reserve offensive guard, but also saw action at left offensive tackle earlier in that season. Weight issues (played at 360 pounds, but was as much as 380) were the reason keeping him on the bench that year, but an intense 2006 offseason training program saw him arrive for fall camp 30 pounds lighter.
That earned Robinson a starting job at left offensive guard. He went on to produce 108 knockdowns with eight touchdown-resulting blocks while participating in 809 offensive plays. He earned All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention, helping the team average 368.7 yards per game in total offense.
As a junior, Robinson was a consensus All-American and unanimous All-Big 12 Conference first-team choice. The starting left guard delivered 102 knockdowns while grading 84.64 percent for blocking consistency, appearing in 13 games. He logged action in 663 plays, coming up with a team-high 15 touchdown-resulting blocks.
Robinson, with a baby on the way, seriously considered entering the 2008 NFL Draft. But, hoping to capture a national title, he returned to the Sooners, where he improved upon his impressive junior campaign with a stellar final season. The senior guard led the team with 117 knockdowns and registered 14 touchdown-resulting blocks.
If not for eight costly penalties, Robinson's blocking consistency grade would have been even more impressive than his 85.62 percent mark (minus penalties, his grade would have projected to 87.46 percent). He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and again earned All-American and All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors, but the season was not without some drama. He was benched for the season opener vs. Chattanooga and suspended for the first half of the Texas Christian game due to team rules violations.
Positives: Massive player who can engulf defenders and physically dominate his opponent. ... Good initial quickness off the snap to get out and block on the move. ... Good drive blocker with excellent size and strength. ... Plays with good leverage despite his height. ... Can generate movement at the point of attack in short-yardage situations. ... Plays with some nastiness and has the raw power to turn and pancake his opponent. ... Quick, strong hand punch to jolt the defender in pass protection. ... Natural knee-bender who plays with good leverage and balance in pass pro. ... Long arms and strong hands to keep the defender at bay.
Negatives: Only marginal balance and lateral quickness to block at the second level, and spends too much time on the ground when trying to block on the move. ... Lack of great quickness shows in pass protection, as he struggles to adjust if his initial punch doesn't slow the defender.
GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 6.54 Athletic Ability: Robinson has good straight-line quickness for a player his size, but is a bit stiff and shows just marginal foot speed working into the second level. He has great strength and leg drive to run through defenders and open rush lanes. His frame is also a great asset when he is asked to create movement off the snap. While he might struggle to mirror quicker edge rushers, he uses his arms well to engulf the smaller opponent. When he plays on his feet, he can do a good job mirroring vs. edge rushers. GRADE: 7.8
Football Sense: Robinson needs to do a better job of reading the snap cadence, as he is prone to jumping offside quite a bit. Whether it is a lack of foot speed or motivation, he will coast for several series and has big problems when speedy blitzers or bull rushers charge through the inside gaps (needs to do a better job of combo blocking with his center, as he works well with his left tackle, but does not slide as well laterally to his right). He is a smart player, but at times, he does not show great awareness or alertness. GRADE: 6.3
Character: The jury is out on Robinson, as he does not have major off-field issues, but is the type that needs to be monitored. He was suspended for part of the 2008 Texas Christian game due to a team rules violation. You just wonder if a big contract will make him stay hungry and if he will mature on and off the field. He has had temper issues on the field and those personal foul penalties have proven costly. GRADE: 5.3
Competitiveness: Robinson is a mean, aggressive player who would rather punish his opponents rather than out-technique them. He does place a lot of demands on himself, but must learn to control his emotions on the field (see 2008 Texas Tech and Florida games), as his penchant for taking illegal tactics will put his team in serious trouble (Florida rallied after Robinson was flagged for two flagrant fouls over six plays in the first quarter, awakening the Gators). While most coaches promote aggression in their blockers, he must play with a more controlled demeanor. Still, he is a classic trench battler who is always looking to deliver a crunching block. GRADE: 8.0
Work Habits: Robinson needs to have his offseason program monitored, as he does not show great work ethic (tends to get soft and overweight when not playing ball). He must keep his weight in check, as he has speed and stamina issues when he weighs more than 340 pounds (has ballooned to 380-plus pounds in the past). He will never be known as a great practice player and needs a "kick in the pants" every now and then (inability to follow team rules led to him being benched for the 2008 Chattanooga game and suspended for part of the Texas Christian contest). GRADE: 5.3
ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 7.00 Initial Quickness: Robinson has above-average timed speed for a player his size, but needs to fire off the ball with more explosion, as he does not do a good job of staying low in his pads, which lets quicker bull rushers bounce off his blocks. Because of poor balance on the move, he is not a likely left offensive tackle candidate (some teams indicate a possible move there). He has a hitch in his running stride, as he will hop on his heels and get too tall, failing to open his hips quick enough to look fluid changing direction. When he does sink his pads properly, he can get off the line of scrimmage and into position to make reach blocks in the second level. GRADE: 6.3
Lateral Movement: Robinson has that outstanding upper body mass and natural power to jolt the defender and stop their surge into the gaps, doing a nice job of taking on defenders trying to come over his side. He does not have good lateral agility to sustain and finish blocks, but uses his frame well to gain leverage. GRADE: 5.4
Balance/Stays On Feet: Robinson shuffles his feet well and does a fine job of protecting the inside when working with his offensive tackle to prevent inside penetration. There are times where he will waist bend and get his feet too wide apart on the move, but he knows how to use his body mass to lean and push when working in the trenches. When he plays on his feet (will sometimes get up on his heels), he shows enough balance to mirror his defender. There are times when he will play tall and struggle to sink his weight, but when he brings his feet and keeps his hands inside, it is very hard for even the physical defensive linemen to push him aside. Has much better balance at the point of attack than when required to move into the second level. Still, defenders love when he tries to reach block, knowing that an effective counter move (rip or club) will knock him off balance. GRADE: 7.4
Explosion/Pop: Robinson is a very aggressive battler who is always looking for targets to hit working at the line of scrimmage. While not always consistent, he is combative with his arm swipes, and when he uses his hands effectively to gain inside position, he shows the agility to mirror and adjust to his man. He generates tremendous pop and explosion off the line, consistently maintaining contact on the defender. His only problem occurs when he will lower his head before delivering a hit, causing him to miss his target. He does not have good recoil ability when his hands are outside his frame. GRADE: 8.7
Run Blocking: Robinson easily gains position to sustain blocks working in-line, but must improve his balance on the move. He shows good explosion on initial contact and plays with good leverage, especially when he gets his pads down to drive the defender out of the hole. He displays the functional initial quickness to get into position as a drive blocker, but when he over-extends, he is marginal at sustaining blocks (must develop better patience and let defenders come to him rather than lunging at them). He is a physical drive blocker with the ability to pin and steer the defender. Despite his size and girth, he can generate good knee bend to hunker down in the trenches, doing a good job of driving the defender off the ball in short yardage situations. As a drive blocker, he is a good road grader, but getting into the second level, he does not keep his head on a swivel or hands inside his frame, doing just an adequate job of angling. His angles are good in the short area, but he gets too high in his stance moving in space and stalking linebackers (only five down field blocks on close to 1,000 offensive snaps as a senior). But with his body mass and upper body strength, he easily drives smaller defenders out of the rush lanes. GRADE: 8.5
Pass Blocking: Robinson has just marginal lateral agility, but uses his size well to occupy gap defenders. When he does not waist bend, he is able to slide his feet better. As a senior, he appeared more comfortable in his kick slide, using his hand strength to lock out and replace with a strong punch (just needs to be more consistent). He has more of a retreat than a fluid kick slide in pass protection, but can cut off the rushers when he keeps his pad level down. He sometimes will try to compensate for being late off the snap by lunging and over-extending, especially vs. defensive linemen with quality double moves. When he gets too tall in his stance and fails to sink his weight, he will also drop his hands, leaving his jersey exposed for a strong bull rusher to lock on and ride him back into the pocket. He is very good at picking up stunts, but must show better awareness of his center (sometimes gets in the way). When he does miss a hit and over-extend, he is athletic enough to recover and maintain position. In 2008, he seemed to do a better job of communicating with his line mates and have a keener understanding of protections. GRADE: 7.7
Pulling/Trapping: While he shows drive ability at the line of scrimmage, Robinson is not asked to pull much. Despite his size, he is functional with his speed and acceleration on pulls and traps, getting much better balance when he plays on his feet when working in space (will get up on his heels and fall off blocks at times). He shows good short-area speed to adjust and be in position to cut or wall off his man. He has adequate ability to adjust to a moving target, but developed a better concept for angling in 2008. GRADE: 6.8
Adjust on Linebacker Downfield: Because of his girth and soft mid-section, he struggles to redirect and looks sluggish when having to move laterally. He did do a better job of angling into the second level and improve his running stride, but there are times when he lumbers in the open field and is on the ground quite a bit in space (narrow base and trips over his feet). He has the instincts to locate second-level targets, but when he plays tall, he leaves his feet some in attempts to make contact. GRADE: 5.7
Use of Hands/Punch: Robinson has a good hand punch, but needs to use it more regularly, as he sometimes tries to lean into the defender to gain leverage. When he stays low in his pads and comes off the snap with his hands inside his frame, he shows a good pass set, extension, punch and jab on the pass rusher. He gets good inside hand position to get solid pop on contact when he stays in control (will sometimes struggle to sustain, but has a very punishing initial punch to stun). He uses his hands and upper body well to widen the rush lanes. Once he gets his hands on a defender, the battle is quickly over; his lock-out ability was the best of any guard in the Big 12. He does get too wild with his hand placement on the move and needs to keep his hands inside the framework so his punch would impact better there. Despite his massive size and natural strength, he is inconsistent shooting his hands. Based on his obvious size mismatches vs. defensive tackles, you would expect him to dominate and maul more often (outweighed his 2008 opponents by an average of 61 pounds). With his outstanding playing strength and quick hands, a patient coach can teach him how to play under better control. With his massive size, he simply explodes behind his punch, but only when he keeps them inside his framework. GRADE: 7.3
Reactions/Awareness: Robinson understands protections and showed some improvement communicating with his other line mates as a senior. He needs to show better field awareness, as his mind tends to wander late in games (see 2008 Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Missouri and Florida games) and must do a better job of maintaining concentration, as he is not always alert to twists (see 2008 TCU and Kansas and 2007 Missouri and Texas Tech games). When he plays under control, he keeps his head on a swivel and does a much better job of picking up action along the edge. GRADE: 6.2
Compares To: SHAWN ANDREWS, Philadelphia -- Like Andrews, Robinson is a massive road grader with a nasty demeanor. However, he will get overly aggressive at times, putting his team in a hole with his costly penalties (see BSC game vs. Florida). He can be a very good drive blocker, thanks to his body mass and ability to create movement, but to put him into the elite of this class, he needs to keep his emotions in check better, improve his work and eating habits and mature. He has the size you look for in a possible move to left tackle, but his poor kick slide and inability to mirror vs. speed rushers will make him a liability there. Robinson might have been born two decades too late, as he has the look of a classic Washington Redskins "Hog" and might not be a fit for an offense that relies upon their down linemen for gap containment and space blocking.
OVERALL GRADE: 6.92
During his final two seasons, Robinson logged 1,615 snaps, producing 229 knockdowns/ key blocks, 29 touchdown-resulting blocks and 10 blocks down field, but was also penalized 12 times...Allowed only two sacks and no pressures on 877 pass plays during his junior and senior campaigns.
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Walter Camp Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America...Unanimous All-Big 12 Conference first-team choice...Finalist for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation's premier down lineman...Appeared in 13 games, starting 12 contests at left offensive guard... Was benched for the season opener vs. Chattanooga and suspended for the first half vs. Texas Christian due to team rules violations...Participated in 952 offensive snaps, grading 85.62 percent for blocking consistency...Registered 117 knockdowns/key blocks with 14 touchdown-resulting blocks and five down field blocks for the Sooners' NCAA record-setting offense that was the first team in college annals to score 60 or more points in five consecutive games....Oklahoma's 716 points scored and 96 offensive touchdowns also set NCAA team season-records...Was penalized eight times, but did not allow any QB sacks or pressures on 404 pass plays.
Named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated, Associated Press, The NFL Draft Report and The Sporting News...All-Big 12 Conference first-team pick by the league's coaches and AP...Started 13 games at left guard, coming off the bench vs. Texas A&M, a contest where he caught a deflected pass for an 8-yard gain...Recorded 102 knockdowns/key blocks with a league-high 15 touchdown-resulting blocks...Added five blocks down field, but was also penalized four times...Allowed only two quarterback sacks and no pressures on 401 pass plays...Also recovered a fumble in the Colorado clash.
All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention by the league's coaches and Associated Press...Started 14 games at left offensive guard, grading 76 percent for blocking consistency, as he produced 108 knockdowns and eight touchdown-resulting blocks... Helped the team average 368.7 yards per game in total offense, as part of an offensive line that allowed only 16 quarterback sacks on 340 pass plays...Participated in 809 snaps, as he graded a season-high 84 percent and posted 12 knockdowns vs. Oklahoma State...Had another 12 knockdowns in the Oregon contest.
Played in 10 games (did not see action vs. Texas Christian, Texas Tech and Oregon) as a reserve offensive lineman...Was a valuable "sixth man" for the front wall, seeing most of his playing time on the left side of the line behind tackle Chris Messner and guard Davin Joseph.
2009: Didn't lift at the Combine due to a hyperextension and a right hip flexor prevented him from him from doing jumps, shuttle and cone drills.
Combine: 5.32 in the 40-yard dash...1.76 10-yard dash...3.03 20-yard dash...Right hip flexor strain prevented him from doing jumps, shuttle and cone drills. ... Did not lift due to hyperextension.
Attended Booker T. Washington (Atlanta, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Rodney Cofield...Rated the 13th-best prep offensive lineman in the country by ESPN and 15th by Rivals.com (also ranked 51st overall by Rivals)...The three-time starter at offensive tackle was named the Atlanta Touchdown Club Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2004...Also garnered Prep Star All-American, All-City and All-State first-team recognition...In 2004, Robinson recorded 87 pancake blocks and graded 91 percent for blocking consistency...Also played nose guard on short yardage defensive plays...Named to the Super 11 squad by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2004.
Multi-disciplinary Studies major...Spent his prep summers working as a hawker selling programs and peanuts at Atlanta Braves games...Great nephew of singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson...Son of Wanda Bryant and George Robinson...Guardians are Connie Bryant and Clifford Austin...Nicknamed "Duke"...Born George Robinson on 10/10/86... Resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
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04/20/12 - OG Duke Robinson was waived by the Titans.
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