The Detroit Lions dialed the phone looking for an intimidating 6-foot-7, 325-pounder to bolster their offensive line.


The Detroit Lions dialed the phone looking for an intimidating 6-foot-7, 325-pounder to bolster their offensive line.



Corey Robinson is ready to be that guy.



The Havelock native and three-year starter at South Carolina was selected by the Lions in the seventh round (240h overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.



Robinson spent his draft day with friends and family in Havelock.



“My family, they stuck it out with me in a hot house,” Robinson said. “This is the greatest feeling ever. I could just tell they were so proud of me.



“I am glad for this opportunity. I have to thank God and my family.”



Robinson had been in contact with the Lions prior to the draft, in particularly offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn.



Robinson said he is just ready to get to work. He’ll leave for Detroit soon, and then get ready for the team’s Organized Team Activities.



“I met the offensive line coach, Coach Washburn, and I am excited to go work for him,” Robinson said. “I’ve been waiting to find out where I am going for about four months. I’m ready to go work and learn and become the best player I can be.



“I will play anywhere they want me.”



The Lions have four other offensive tackles on their active roster – Cornelius Lucus, Riley Reiff, LaAdrian Waddle and Michael Williams.



Robinson protected the quarterback’s blindside, and started at that spot in all 14 games last season for South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.



“We went down and worked him out about a month ago in Columbia,” Washburn said. “He is just a fantastic young man, very big and has played a lot of ball in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). We are excited about having him bring depth to our tackle spot.”



According to ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., he had Robinson listed as his 14th best offensive tackle.



According to South Carolina’s website, Robinson ran the 40-yard dash in 5.21 seconds, jumped 31 inches in the vertical and 9 feet in the broad jump at his pro day.



Robinson went to the scouting combine in Indianapolis but was limited due to a meniscus tear in his right knee. He rehabbed and feels strong.



Robinson started 35 games in three seasons at South Carolina. This past fall, he helped pave the way for the Gamecocks’ offense to rack up more than 440 yards per game.



Robinson will join fellow Havelock native Bruce Carter (now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) in the NFL. Former Rams’ offensive lineman Guy Whimper played in the NFL with the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers.