One of the things that sticks in my craw is when writers and analysts try to summarize a player by comparing him to a professional from the past. This guy is the next Dirk Norwitski, or this guy is the second coming of Don Mattingly, or this guy is another Barry Sanders, etc. Pretty much all sports writers and talking heads do it and it drives me crazy.
Every player is a unique person with a unique mind, a unique body, unique skills, etc.
I don't know if Cam Robinson will be a stud or a dud. But he's not Erick Flowers. The only person that is Flowers and will become Flowers is Flowers. And when we drafted Flowers, the analysts raved about him and fawned over him saying he's the top tackle in the draft and strong enough to move the whole pile. The arguments on most boards was about "who do we take with the 9th pick?" Some wanted Scherff and many wanted Andrus Peat.
Interestingly, Scherff (taken number 5 overall) was listed as the top OT in the draft by just about every publication and talking head. But he ended up being moved to guard and after struggling, was ranked by PFF as 31st best guard in the country.
Andrus Peat was also considered one of the top OTs in the draft. Mike Mayock appraised Peat on national TV fawning over him and said, "He's got dancing feet with that lower body, it's unbelievable. Look at that body. Look at that bubble butt." After being drafted with the 13th overall pick, he has split time as a guard with New Orleans and has been unable to win the starting job.
I could also point out in the 2003 draft when Robert Gallery was "the best lineman to come out of college in years" and the first lineman to get a perfect 9.0 score as a tackle. He was taken number 2 overall right behind Eli Manning earning a huge salary. He flamed out as a LT, moved to RT where he wasn't any better, and ended up as a left guard in the NFL. He never lived up to the hype as a can't miss left tackle. At best, he became an adequate guard. A very, very expensive adequate guard.
The point: everyone is different and have their own unique shortcomings and unique plusses. Who knows what Cam Robinson will become. One thing is certain, he will become Cam Robinson and not Erick Flowers. We have to trust the brain trust in the front office to have a good idea of where Robinson would fit in if drafted.