Cam Robinson is a talented and stalwart offensive lineman? Can the Broncos have their offensive line problems solved if they draft him?
The Denver Broncos have significant decisions to make as the NFL Draft approaches. Everyone knows this.
Among the issues that must be addressed is what should be done at left tackle?
I will not bore you with the terrible 2016 stats in this article. However, if you watched the Broncos last season, you know what must be done.
With that said, both Broncos media and fans have a multitude of opinions as to what the team should do.
For the time being, the Broncos will be drafting at #20 overall. The hope, based on my Twitter timeline and what I hear in Denver media is Stanford tailback Christian McCaffrey will be the call.
However, if you believe in building up the offensive line, Alabama’s Cam Robinson may be effective.
Robinson is a left tackle. This is where the Broncos really struggle. There is no way around this.
I was inspired to write this when I saw this tweet from the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala:
Robinson is a 6’6″ 310-pound prospect and per nfl.com, has a “proportional frame with a combination of thickness and athleticism.”
He is a stalwart, having started all games he played in for the Crimson Tide. Alabama coaches and media called him one of the strengths of the offensive line as well.
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However, he has his skeletons in the closet. He was once arrested with a teammate with marijuana as well as a stolen handgun in their vehicle. With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell enforcing punishment of criminal behavior, drafting him would be a a calculated risk.
Additionally, Denver Sports 760-AM afternoon host Mike Rice says if you draft Robinson at no. 20, you’re expecting him to start right away.
A studious look at the Broncos’ history of drafting offensive linemen suggests this is anything but a slam dunk.
Of course, Rice is a McCaffrey proponent, believing that he can provide the “juice” head coach Vance Joseph spoke of Monday.
In any event, I’ve given you the facts. Thus, Broncos Country, the onus is upon you to consider what’s best in your minds.
If nothing else, rest assured that general manager/executive vice president of football operations John Elway will likely make the right call.