The meteoric rise of Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson hit its crescendo on Saturday when Robinson put on a show for the assembled teams at the NFL scouting combine.
At 6-foot-5, 332 pounds, Robinson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.92 seconds and used his 35-inch arms to put up 32 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. He showed well in the other on-field drills, too, and had teams drooling over his immense potential.
All of that shouldn't have come as much of a surprise given Robinson's skills and ability. But what I and most others didn't know was what Robinson was dealing with as he went through the tests.
Over at SportsOnEarth.com, NFL writer Dan Pompei offered a great behind-the-scenes look at Robinson's weekend and how he was battling illness the whole time he was there.
Included in the piece is an interesting tidbit about how the St. Louis Rams approached Robinson's interview with the team Thursday night and how Robinson handled the team's tough love methods.
There's little doubt Robinson figures to be a name commonly tied to the Rams in the coming weeks and months and despite the illnesses he dealt with in Indianapolis, it seems he did nothing to diminish his chances of going in the top five or so of the draft.
A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we started with a look at some stuff coming out of Houston and how it could set up the draft with the No. 1 pick. ... Next, we offered Rams general manager Les Snead's thoughts on how beneficial it is to have close ties to opposing GMs. ... From there, I offered 10 takeaways from this year's combine, including thoughts from discussions with scouts and personnel types. ... Finally, we opened it up to you, the readers, and asked for your thoughts on who the Rams would pick should they stay at No. 2.
Lots of Rams/draft stuff at stltoday.com.
Columnist Bryan Burwell offers his thoughts in this version of "Upon Further Review."
Bernie Miklasz says this year is the one that is make or break for quarterback Sam Bradford.
Miklasz also writes that with so many options, the Rams have a tough choice to figure out which draft plan is best.
Jim Thomas says receiver Sammy Watkins solidified his spot as the top wideout in Indianapolis.
Thomas also has the news on how Mizzou running back Henry Josey helped himself at the combine.
At 101sports.com, Randy Karraker takes a closer look at the NFL's relocation policy.