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

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Former Auburn tackle Greg Robinson (right) is looking forward to St. Louis' training camp to open Friday.


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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