by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Texas A&M, Guard, Layden Robinson
Name- Layden Robinson
Team- Texas A&M
HT/WT- 6’4” 315 lbs.
Home – Manvel, TX
Layden Robinson was a 4-star center who played at Manvel High School in Texas. He was a unanimous selection as a first-team 11-5A All-District team and was a consistent performer all through his high school career. He was voted to the high school All-Star game 3 times and after his senior season, he was nominated for the Houston area UIL Offensive Player of the Year finalist by the Houston Touchdown Club. He committed to Texas A&M during his senior year.
Robinson redshirted in 2019 after playing in only 3 games during the season. He earned the Offensive Scout Team Player and Freshman Strength Awards during the annual team banquet. In 2020, he played in all 10 games, mostly on special teams,though he did play 32 snaps at right guard. As a sophomore in 2021, he started all 10 games he played at right guard. He was awarded the Offensive Toughness Award and the Offensive Aggie Award at the team banquet. He was also named the AP All-SEC second team for his solid performance.
He started all 12 games in 2022. He was a part of an offensive line that cleared the way for 1,000 yard rusher De’Von Achane. This season, he started 11 games at right tackle and once again was a proven leader on the Aggies' offensive line and a riser on draft boards.
Layden Robinson has the ability to pull and be effective on screens and makes blocks on the second level. When battling with defenders, the placement of his hands on the initial punch give him an advantage and leverage on the lineman. In pass protection, he does an excellent job of setting up and showing patience, letting the defenders come to him and does a good job of not reaching or losing his base. His feet are always churning in the run game and he will finish blocks until the whistle is blown. He understands blitzes and stunts and has the footwork to battle against twists and stunts.
Robinson tends to be a step slow off the snap and this affects his hand placement. When his hand placement is late, he loses his strength and his base. During pass protection he does a good job on battling head to head, but his footwork is slow and the elite speed rushers will be a problem for him in the pros. Sometimes during the run game, his feet get out ahead of his body, leading to balance issues. He can be overly aggressive in getting out of his stance and is susceptible to illegal motion calls.
A pro comparison for Robinson could be Max Garcia. Garcia, was a 4th round pick out of Florida in 2015. The two are similar in build and Robinson projects as a 4th round pick in April. Garcia wasn’t a guard who blew scouts away with speed or power but became a solid performer that a team can count on.
Plays through whistle
Pass blocking mechanics
Slow out of stance
Hands and feet working in unison
Layden Robinson is a mid-round prospect who has the capability to be a future starter. He is not going to be a flashy pick that fans will be excited about but could be that glue that a team needs on their offensive line.
Draft 412 Draft Projection - Round 4 or Round 5