Detroit Lions release former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson

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11:36 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 Atlanta Falcons

The Detroit Lions have announced that they have released offensive lineman Greg Robinson, according to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Robinson was originally the No. 2 overall pick of the St. Louis Rams at the 2014 NFL Draft. The Auburn product spent three years with the Rams, both in St. Louis and in Los Angeles before he was traded to the Lions for a sixth-round pick at the 2018 NFL Draft.

He was acquired after Lions starting left tackle Taylor Decker underwent shoulder surgery. Decker appears to be nearing a return now, making Robinson expendable.

Robinson we’ll have to clear waivers before being granted unrestricted free agency. And it will be interesting to see what sort of interest there is considering his struggles.

Pro Football Focus currently ranks Robinson as the No. 72 offensive tackle in the NFL among players who have played enough snaps to qualify in 2017. He’s consistently struggled in both run and pass-protection, but it’s still likely that somebody will become enamored with the idea of turning his career around given his athleticism for the position.

The 6-foot-5, 332-pound offensive lineman ran a 4.92-second 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and also put up 32 reps on the bench press. Unfortunately, that hasn’t helped him from being traded and released in the last six months.

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