May 8, 2014
Auburn's Greg Robinson and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL Draft display the symbol for a new St.Louis Ram
By Charles Goldberg
NEW YORK -- St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher didn't have to a lot of research on Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson.
Fisher was a visitor to Auburn practices. Fisher's son, Trent, played with Robinson. Heck, Fisher was at Auburn's graduation Sunday.
Thursday, he made Robinson the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall, and called the big offensive lineman to tell him so.
"Coach Fisher was on the phone and told me the ticket was in, and that we'd have to just wait on the TV," Robinson said. "That feeling is amazing, a blessing to get that call, and just to share that moment with my mom and the family."
What else did Fisher say?
"He just told me to hug my mom… you're a Ram."
Auburn defensive end Dee Ford joined Robinson before the first round was done, going as the No. 23 overall pick to Kansas City. Ford celebrated at his home in Anniston.
Robinson, a family man, celebrated with members of his family in New York.
"I'm just real excited for Greg," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "He's a great kid. This is one of his goals when he first started recruiting him. To see it happen here with his family, it's a real special moment.
"When you recruit a guy and coach a guy, and get to know him and they have dreams, and when they can reach those dreams, it's a real special moment for a coach. He's going to make a great pro. I really believe his best days are ahead of him. Good person, tough, he's got everything it takes."
Robinson said he has been given advice as heads to the NFL.
"Just take everything slow," he said. "Really, just let everything sink in because it's going to be a big change from college, but it won't be hard if I'm willing to adjust."
Robinson visited the St. Louis coaching staff and came away with a good feeling.
"They were speaking future tense: 'When you get here.' I kind of knew what was going to happen, but I didn't want to believe it until it happened just to make it seem real," Robinson said.
Malzahn also had a good feeling about the Rams.
"We've been talking off and on throughout," he said. "I thought there was a good chance he'd go high and a good chance he'd go to the Rams. He's in a good spot with a good head coach.
"They did their homework on him, just like they do their homework on everybody else. Of course, you know, Coach Fisher, with his son playing for us, he knows a lot about a lot of our players, and he knows Greg will have a chance to be a great one."
Robinson only played two years at Auburn: A tough one in 2012, a trip to the BCS title game in 2014. He caught on to Malzahn and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes.
"J.B. Grimes and Coach Malzahn are good coaches and they came in and helped turn Auburn around," Robinson said. "They helped me out a lot. We went 3-9 and I was frustrated and down on myself as a player.
"Auburn did a lot of things that no one expected, there's a lot of credit goes to the coaching staff we have."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine