January 7, 2014

The future at LT

PASADENA, Calif. | To the surprise of nobody, left tackle Greg Robinson on Tuesday revealed plans to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

His sophomore season and college career ended Monday night with yet another powerful performance against a top-flight defense. Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's top draft analyst, said in November that Robinson's play this season had turned him into a first-round pick in the eyes of many NFL observers.

His play during the past three games has done nothing to tarnish that image. Robinson is an intelligent, powerful and remarkably agile player who has every tool required to play tackle in the NFL.

Expect to hear a lot about him on ESPN and NFL Network during the next four months.

So what happens now for Auburn?

Shon Coleman, who just finished his redshirt freshman season, is the most obvious candidate to take over for Robinson. The former five-star prospect served as Robinson's understudy this fall and has enough size (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) to handle the position.

Coleman signed with Auburn in 2010, but missed the next two seasons after being diagnosed with leukemia. Chemotherapy robbed him of strength and weight, but Coleman was cleared to participate in team activities 21 months ago. He's been with the team full-time since March 2012.

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