Auburn football: Starting left tackle Greg Robinson declares for NFL draft

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 7, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson (right) declared for the NFL Draft on Tuesday, one night after Auburn lost to top-ranked Florida State 34-31. The third-year sophomore is projected to be a first-round pick.

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COSTA MESA, Calif.Greg Robinson said last week that he'd wait until after the BCS championship to make a decision on the NFL Draft.

Auburn's left tackle stayed true to his word, announcing Tuesday that he would give up the final two seasons of his college career for a shot at the pros.

Robinson revealed the decision on his personal Twitter account.

"This was a tough decision but I have decided to declare for the NFL Draft," the third-year sophomore tweeted before thanking Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes in a follow-up tweet. "I am so thankful ... for everything they have done leading us to a memorable season."

Malzahn was every bit as complimentary of Robinson's contributions to the Tigers' 2013 campaign, which saw them finish 12-2, capture an SEC title and fall just short of winning the national championship Monday night, bested by Florida State 34-31.

"Greg played a big part in our success this season and I appreciate everything he did as an Auburn Tiger during his career," Malzahn said in a statement. "He has a bright future ahead of him at the next level and we wish him nothing but the best."

The Thibodaux, La., native — who is projected as a likely first-round pick in May's draft — sent out one final tweet expressing his gratitude to others who made his three years in Auburn an enjoyable one.

"I want to thank my teammates and I love them all," he said, "Also thank you Auburn Family, the best fans in college football."

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