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NFL Draft 2014: Former Auburn OT Greg Robinson selected No. 2 overall by Rams

Robinson will be bringing home the big bucks in St. Louis.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After plowing over defenders and opening up Auburn's dynamic running game in 2013, former Tigers' left tackle Greg Robinson is the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Robinson will head to St. Louis to play for the Rams.

Robinson was SB Nation's second-ranked offensive tackle and No. 6 overall player on the top 200 big board. He was ranked three spots behind Texas A&M's Jake Matthews.

Robinson earned first-team All-SEC honors while helping to lead the Tigers to the SEC championship a year after going 3-9. Robinson started every game for an Auburn team that set program records for rushing yards (4,596) and touchdowns (48). He declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season. Yes, once again we remind you that Gene Chizik redshirted a once-in-a-generation offensive lineman.

We know Robinson can run block. The biggest task he'll have to undertake is becoming an elite pass blocker, too. He wasn't asked to protect the quarterback much last season, noted by SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn in his scouting report.

Teams may have a tough time getting a feel for just how well Robinson can pass block because he wasn't asked to do it often enough at Auburn. At least, not in the traditional sense. On the few occasions per game in which Robinson dropped back into a pass set and had to mirror pass rushers, he showed some flaws. For starters, he seems to be a bit lazy with his hands at times. Robinson needs to be more aggressive with his punch to get his hands on a pass rusher before the pass rusher is able to get inside his pads.

Robinson was one of the most impressive performers at the NFL Combine with a incredible 4.92-second 40-yard dash, amazing for a player who is 332 pounds. Combine that speed with 32 reps on the bench, and Robinson has a blend of size, athleticism and power that could make him a superstar lineman at the next level.