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NFL Bust Greg Robinson Went From a Hall of Fame Comparison to Facing 20 Years in Prison

In December 2019, Greg Robinson finished his sixth NFL season and second as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

Two months later, Robinson may have kissed his NFL career goodbye. Nearly six years after the then-St. Louis Rams drafted Robinson to be Sam Bradford’s protector, the veteran offensive lineman was caught in a drug scandal.

Robinson began his career with the franchise now known as the Los Angeles Rams having earned comparisons to a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Now, Robinson faces up to 20 years in prison.

Greg Robinson played six NFL seasons

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If a team drafted Greg Robinson with the 22nd overall pick in 2014 instead of the 2nd overall pick, he might not be considered a bust.

No, Robinson never became that dominant All-Pro tackle many draft experts believed he would. But, everything considered, Robinson rebuilt his career after a tough start on a once-dismal Rams team.

Robinson was at his best with the Cleveland Browns, starting 22 of the 31 games he played in two seasons and doing his best to keep Baker Mayfield upright and healthy.

Robinson stayed healthy, too. He played at least 83% of the team’s offensive snap counts in three of the five seasons he served as a team’s primary starting left tackle.

Robinson never lived up to the lofty expectations

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There is almost always that one offensive lineman in the NFL draft process who earns the ravest reviews.

Mekhi Becton, now with the New York Jets, fit that category earlier this year. Oregon star Penei Sewell is on pace to be that player next year.

In 2014, that offensive lineman was Greg Robinson, fresh off a dominant season at Auburn. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported some compared Robinson to Larry Allen, the Dallas Cowboys’ Hall of Famer and one of the greatest offensive linemen in modern history.

Walterfootball.com compared Robinson to another Cowboys lineman, Tyron Smith. At the time, Smith had just earned his initial second-team All-Pro selection.

Smith, now 29, could eventually find himself with a bronze bust in Canton, Ohio.

Greg Robinson now faces up to 20 years in prison

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If Greg Robinson intended to build off his recent play to eventually earn a bronze bust, those dreams might be at a standstill.

In February 2020, border patrol agents arrested Robinson and Jaquan Bray, an ex-Colts kick returner and teammate of Robinson at Auburn, at the U.S.-Mexico border at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint near El Paso, Texas.

Agents allegedly found Robinson and Bray with 157 pounds of marijuana in duffle bags. According to Yahoo Sports, the two face charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Cleveland did not re-sign Robinson, who entered free agency a few weeks later.

If convicted, the two each face up to 20 years in prison.

Robinson was released on a $25,000 bond. There have been no updates on the case since February.

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