Chat with Duke Robinson
Robinson was a force in the Oklahoma running game last season. He helped the Sooners rush for nearly 200 yards per game, ranking 20th in the country, while averaging 4.7 yards per carry. The Oklahoma offensive line also helped the team pass for 349 ypg, which was third in the country.
According to Robinson's Scouts Inc.'s draft profile, he "fires out of his stance, displays a quick first step when coming forward and takes very good angles as a run blocker. Needs to keep his head up more consistently and do a better job with hand placement. Has the massive build and enough strength to win nearly all phone booth matchups when he's in position."
Send in your questions now, then join Robinson on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Check out what other prospects have said in chat!
Buzzmaster (2:17 PM)
Duke will be here shortly so continue to send in your questions for the second ranked offensive guard according to Scout's Inc.
James (Chicago, IL)
Have you talked to any current NFL players about what to expect in the NFL?
Duke Robinson (2:31 PM)
Yes I have. I have talked to a lot of the guys that I've played with over the years. The best advice that I got was to come in and be ready to work hard.
Jones (Harlem, NY)
What makes you the best offensive guard in the draft?
Duke Robinson (2:32 PM)
My mental toughness, I'm athletic and I have the skills to play the offensive guard position on the next level.
Tomwit Jersey Shore [via mobile]
Hello and thanks for visiting us Duke. What do you think is the hardest part of transitioning to the pro game? Also can you sing like Uncle Smokey?
Duke Robinson (2:33 PM)
(laughing) No, I can't sing!
Duke Robinson (2:34 PM)
The hardest thing with be learning the play book. Play the game itself comes natural to me so I should be alright.
Dude, are you really related to Smokey Robinson?! That is awesome. What's your favorite song of his to sing in the shower?
Duke Robinson (2:35 PM)
I don't sing in the shower. I don't really have a favorite song, I like all of them. From the ones he actually sings to the songs that he writes for other artist.
Promise us one thing. When you reach the NFL DO NOT TWITTER. That thing is for dweebs. Agree?
Duke Robinson (2:36 PM)
(laughing) I don't do all that, that's not my thing.
Stan (Oklahoma City, OK)
What will you miss most about playing football at the University of Oklahoma?
Duke Robinson (2:37 PM)
I'll miss my teammates the most.
Randy (St. Paul, MN)
What have you learned from Bob Stoops at the University of Oklahoma? What advice has he given you about the NFL?
Duke Robinson (2:39 PM)
Basically he said it's my life and now my job, it's not just something to do. I played to keep my scholarship while in school and now I have the chance to play at the highest level and help take care of my family.
tom nj [via mobile]
Duke thanks. Do you prefer to pass block or run block?
Duke Robinson (2:39 PM)
I love to run but I'll do whatever it takes to get the job done. I can pass block but I like to run block more.
What part of your game do you think you need to improve on the most?
Duke Robinson (2:41 PM)
I would say I need to work on my technique. I get in trouble because I just want to go out and kill that guy that I'm blocking. So I would say that my technique might need a little work.
todd (jamestown, ny) [via mobile]
what imediate impact do u hope to make in your first year?
Duke Robinson (2:42 PM)
Hopefully I can help improve the offensive line of whatever team I play for. I hope to be a playoff contender, make a Super Bowl run, and become and All-Pro.
Allen (houston) BOOMER SOONER
so who was the toughest D lineman you had to go against while at OU. I met you at a party your freshman year and you are a real nice guy, i wish you well in the NFL, hopefully with my TEXANS
Duke Robinson (2:43 PM)
Ziggy Hood from Missouri.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career thus far?
Duke Robinson (2:44 PM)
I would say my uncles, my dad, and my high school coach.
SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)
The Big Duke Of Earl!!! What up big boy? What team did you follow growing up as a kid? My Bears would get much MUCH stronger at the line if they picked you. Hope you like Chicago.
Duke Robinson (2:46 PM)
I wasn't into football as a kid so it had to kind of grow on me. I played basketball at first and in high school I was told that if I wanted to play basketball, I need to play football. When I started to play attention to football, I liked to watch the Steelers and the Jaguars.
Duke Robinson (2:47 PM)
Thanks to everybody for all the great questions. See you April 25 in New York!