Last week, Titan Sized asked readers whether they’d be satisfied with Auburn’s offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 9. This would mark the second consecutive season where the team drafted an offensive line inside the Top 10. Robinson is a redshirt sophomore offensive tackle who has played a significant role in the transformation of Auburn’s run offense with first-year head coach and previous offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.
Here was that 2014 NFL mock draft selection from WithTheFirstPick editor Peter Smith.
Would Robinson fit in with the Titans? Fans aren’t buying it. Only 43 of the 141 respondents (30.5 percent) felt like he was worth a top-15 pick. These poll results appear like fans aren’t necessarily down on Robinson as a player, however, they’re more concerned about drafting a player who could make an immediate impact at a different position (e.g. quarterback, pass-rush specialist, middle linebacker). Typically, quality offensive tackles are available in later rounds.
One factor that could play into this option: will Mike Munchak remain as head coach. Munchak understands that it takes a couple of seasons for an offensive lineman to gel into new unit. Evidence is available with the performances of Andy Levitre, Brian Schwenke, and Chance Warmack.
Does Coach Munchak have time to wait on a first-round pick to go through the growing pains on the offensive line? Or does Munchak try to milk Michael Roos and David Stewart for another year?
Coming up, another FanSided mock draft with his analysis. This one is NFL Mocks writer Erik Lambert.