South Carolina Gamecocks football 2014 roster preview: Corey Robinson

Big tackle projects as an All-SEC selection and NFL Draft pick.

Corey Robinson
RS senior
6'8'' / 348 lbs
Havelock, N.C.

Recruitment:
Consensus three-star recruit, 40th OT nationally in 2010

Other offers:
none

College Career:
Although he came to Carolina with little fanfare as part of the 2010 class, Robinson has thrived at Carolina, bulking up over the course of his career to be one of the nation's most physically imposing tackles and benefiting from Shawn Elliott's tutelage. After redshirting his true freshman season and getting a look at defensive tackle his RS freshman season, Robinson had his breakout season after returning to offensive tackle in 2012, when he started his first game against Missouri at left tackle and would start nine of the final 10 contests. In 2013, Robinson started all 13 games at left tackle. He considered foregoing his final year of eligibility and declaring for the NFL Draft, but along with fellow well-regarded linemen A.J. Cann and Brandon Shell, Robinson decided to return for his senior season and one more year of seasoning.

2014 Outlook:
Robinson is projected to shine in 2014. Phil Steele selected him as his third-team All-SEC selection at left tackle. Moreover, Robinson is considered by NFL Draft Scout as the nation's sixth-best senior tackle prospect.

Vis-a-vis his NFL prospects, one of Robinson's goals this year will be to demonstrate that he has quick enough feet to defend elite NFL edge rushers. In college, he's relied on his massive frame to slow down the rush, but if he can't show improved quickness, he may end up at right tackle or inside in the NFL. Left tackle, of course, would be preferable considering the extra cash left tackles make.

Trivia:
The fact that Robinson is considered a very good NFL prospect is pretty impressive considering he had no other offers out of high school.

Beat writer's terrible double-meaning lede:
"How big is South Carolina's Corey Robinson? Almost as big as Notre Dame's Corey Robinson and the former Troy Trojan Corey Robinson combined, that's how big. And it's not easy to get around a left tackle that size."

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