INDIANAPOLIS — Although he didn't run the fastest 40-yard dash among the offensive linemen at the NFL scouting combine, Auburn's Greg Robinson put on enough of a show to open some eyes with his freakish athleticism at his massive size.
Robinson, who checked in officially at 6-5 and 332 pounds, with 35-inch arms, made his first big statement on Friday by bench-pressing 225 pounds an impressive 32 times, considering his arm length.
But he ran even faster than expected on Saturday, with an unofficial best 40-yard dash time of 4.84 seconds — with a blazing 10-yard split of 1.68, which really is more important for this position — that was changed to 4.92 for a still-impressive official time that ranked second among offensive linemen. Michigan's Taylor Lewan, who weighs 309 and who did 29 reps on the bench, posted the fastest official time at 4.87.
Robinson's arrow is pointing up, with a terrific season in leading the Tigers to the national championship game. With each passing game, and as the competition raised through a final three-game gauntlet of Alabama, Missouri and Florida State, it appeared that Robinson's performance got better each time.
His freakish workout backs up the talk that Robinson could end up in the discussion to be the second pick of the draft to the St. Louis Rams. If he falls past No. 2, after this weekend's performance, it's not likely he'll last much longer than that.
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