2014 SEC Top 100 Countdown: No. 51 Corey Robinson, South Carolina
SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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51. Corey Robinson, Sr., OL, South Carolina
Flying under the radar as one of SEC’s most dominant players no one is talking about this summer is this fifth-year senior, the blindside protector for Dylan Thompson and central figure on the left side of South Carolina’s strongest offensive line during the Steve Spurrier era. Thirteen of Robinson’s 22 career starts came last season when he had the best game-by-game grades of his career, a drastic improvement from an up-and-down 2012 during which he was benched by assistant Shawn Elliott before the Florida game — a loss in Gainesville that ultimately cost the Gamecocks their second division title in three years.
The intimidating 6-foot-7, 348-pound tackle was recently voted as the league’s most physical player according to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, third overall in college football behind Iowa’s Brandon Scherff and Miami’s Denzel Perryman. CBSSports.com ranks Robinson as the sixth-best 2015 draft prospect at his position, a potential Day 1 selection along with Texas A&M’s Cedric Ogbuehi and LSU’s La’el Collins in the SEC.
Robinson will be among the nation’s most-feared offensive tackles by October when the Gamecocks are in the thick of the Eastern Division championship race behind a deep backfield headlined by Mike Davis. Spotlight moments for the veteran blocker come early against the likes of athletic defensive ends Myles Garrett and Ray Drew.
2013 statistics: Started all 13 games for the first time in career and improved as a redshirt-junior
2014 projection: Preseason All-SEC pick by Phil Steele and Athlon, one of Gamecocks’ top offensive linemen