Undrafted Edition: Robinson Has a Nasty Streak | Washington Commanders


By Adam Aniba


Washington's offensive line will look significantly different, after the loss of Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff and the cost saving release of another interior offensive lineman Ereck Flowers. Former Panther Andrew Norwell reunites with Rivera with high expectations. Norwell will slide into Scherff's RG slot with Wes Schweitzer, who has seen time as a starter since arriving in '20 and will line up at LG.


Depth along the interior offensive line is a legitimate concern, with 7th round rookie Chris Paul being the lone interior lineman drafted. Washington was busy in the UDFA market post-draft and signed Tyrese Robinson, who was one of the most sought after high school lineman in the nation.


The former Sooner was known for his pass blocking ability at guard and right tackle, but his reputation as a finisher with a nasty streak was notorious throughout the Big 12.



Tyrese Robinson

6'4" 324 lbs | T/G | OU

*43 career games (4 years redshirted as freshman)

*Played in all 13 games in '21

Background

Robinson attended McKinney Boyd HS as a highly sought after 4-star recruit and ranked as the #95 high school prospect in the nation (#3 interior offensive lineman).


Robinson's performance at both tackle and guard during his time at McKinney Boyd, earned him a spot on the Under Armour All-American team as the 10th overall high school prospect in Texas.


The recruiting process was intense for Robinson's services with Auburn,

Michigan, Texas and Oklahoma leading the way. Robinson would ultimately choose to play for the Sooners and agreed to redshirt his freshman season in '17.


He's only played in 5 games the following season, but his ability to play inside and outside led to an extended role for his final 3 seasons at Oklahoma.


Robinson bounced around from guard to right tackle, but in '20 had a 84.2 pass blocking grade per PFF playing RG. In fact, he had the highest pass blocking grade among the Sooner starters (allowed just 2 sacks on 400 pass plays).


In '21 Robinson lined up at RT for all 13 games, being named to the Second All-Big 12 team and a First team honorable mention by the coaches.


PROS

  • DIsplays a mean streak as a finisher

  • Strong upper body aided him when facing bigger defensive lineman

  • Head is always on a swivel, frequently seeking out contact

  • Overall size/length allowed him to cover a lot of ground

  • Shows patience with his pass blocking and avoids lunging

  • A team first player, willing to lineup wherever he was needed


CONS

  • Although an experienced tackle, lacks the overall athleticism/agility to lineup at RT in the NFL

  • Hand technique is average and needs refinement with a tendency to grab a fist full of jersey

  • Lateral quickness and range are a concern (best fit at guard)

  • Balance issues showed up on tape when facing smaller speed rushers

  • Upright stance is correctable, but would is a liability on an island until resolved

  • As a run blocker tends take bad angles when out of position


Outlook

With depth being an issue, Robinson has a solid chance of making the final 53-man roster, but would also be a valuable practice squad addition. Although others such as Trai Turner and the aforementioned Paul will have the upper hand over Robinson, the former Sooners experience and ability to adapt will lead to a long look by coaches in the preseason.


*Games Watched- 9/21/21 vs Tulane, 9/11 vs WCU, 9/18 NEB, 9/25 vs W.VA, 10/2 vs KSU, 10/9 vs UT, 11/13 vs BU & 11/27 vs Okl St


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