COLUMBIA - Entering his senior season, South Carolina left tackle Corey Robinson is firmly on the NFL's radar.
The 6-foot-8, 348-pound giant was listed as the third-most physical player in college football, and the most physical player in the SEC, according to NFL.com. Here's how the NFL.com story described Robinson:
"Robinson might not be the most polished pass protector in the world, but he can drive people off the line of scrimmage as well as any offensive lineman in the SEC. Count him in the next crop of NFL-caliber left tackles coming out of the league. Robinson pairs with standout left guard A.J. Cann to make up a dominant left side on the Gamecocks' offensive line, one that will open some massive holes for star running back Mike Davis."
Cann was voted the "most underrated" player in the SEC this week by the league's 14 football SIDs. Along with Davis' running lanes, safe to say quarterback Dylan Thompson's blind side will be well protected.
Robinson has made 22 career starts, including all 13 games last season. His bio page on South Carolina's athletics website mentions Robinson "has the size to make NFL scouts take notice." Hard to miss a man who has the height of LeBron James and weighs more than Shaq.
Here are the top 14 players on NFL.com's list, shown in order of ranking. A quick note: South Carolina will have compete against two of these players in the first month of the season.
14. Jarvis Harrison, G, Texas A&M
13. Luther Maddy, DL, Virginia Tech
12. Quinton Spain, OL, West Virginia
11. Cedric Reed, DL, Texas
10. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
9. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
8. Ellis McCarthy, DL, UCLA
7. Dillon Gordon, TE, LSU
6. A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
5. Cody Prewitt, DB, Ole Miss
4. Karl Joseph, DB, West Virginia
3. Corey Robinson, OL, South Carolina
2. Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami (Fla.)
1. Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa