ALLEN PARK — The Lions started and finished this weekend’s draft by selecting offensive linemen. Offensive guard Laken Tomlinson was taken in the first round and on Saturday the took offensive tackle Corey Robinson, a three-year starter from South Carolina. Also veteran guard/center Manny Ramirez was acquired in a trade on Thursday.
Robinson, who is 6-foot-8 and 344 pounds, played left tackle the last two years after starting his collegiate career as a defensive tackle.
“He gets out of bed big,’’ Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said. “He rolls out of bed tall and long. He is smart . He is a North Carolina native, as am I, so these are good things.”
While Robinson was a left tackle the last two seasons, he will learn both sides. Washburn worked Robinson out in South Carolina a month ago.
“Just a fantastic young man, very big. He’s played a lot of ball in the SEC, which we’ve had a little bit of success with that with our recent picks, so I’m excited about him adding depth to our tackle spot,’’ Washburn said.
Robinson has room for growth as a player.
“I think for him it’s just a natural progression that he was going through at Carolina because he switched from O-line to D-line early and then he’s been a left tackle there,’’ Washburn said. “They do a really good job of developing their guys. I know their O-line coach, Shawn Elliott, pretty well. He coached my brother at Appalachian State, so they do a really good job. It’s just continuing that progression he’s on right now, so that’s about it.”
Washburn said it’s just too early to pinpoint who will play where. Although Martin Mayhew said on Friday that Riley Reiff will play left tackle.
“I am excited about the infusion of depth. Absolutely. I am excited about it,’’ Washburn said.
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