Joe Thomas, John Greco, Alex Mack, Shawn Lauvao and Mitchell Schwartz. That was the Cleveland Browns offensive line back in 2013. The Browns owned two first round picks and I had a crazy theory where they could get away with Greg Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr. and A.J. McCarron all in the first round. I was big on Robinson back then and boy was I wrong.
First off, Robinson wouldn’t have even been available at four, where the Browns traded out of. We ended up selecting Justin Gilbert and we all know how that worked out. Either way, it wouldn’t have been a good pick. Robinson has struggled to find his way after being selected 2nd overall by the then St. Louis Rams. He made 42 starts in three seasons but struggled mightily against both the pass and the run and the offensive lineman is penalized more than one would like.
He was a former first-round pick that was traded to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 sixth round pick. Robinson was the starting left tackle for six weeks until he sustained an ankle injury and was ultimately waived.
Now, I know this guy doesn’t sound appealing to replace a Hall of Famer like Joe Thomas and I don’t blame you, but could it hurt to test the waters? Robinson is just 25 years old and still could turn things around. This could be his last shot at the NFL, so he could give it his all and maybe surprise some people. I don’t have high hopes, but I know the potential is there and I’m pulling for him.