OU’s Robinson ready to come home

PINE ISLE, LAKE LANIER – Yeah, I’m getting this blog up because I’m officially shamming today. Playing in coach Mike Smith’s Hacks vs. Jacks golf tournament. Doing what they call in the journalism game: networking.

However, I talked to Big George “Duke” Robinson, the Washington High kid, who went on to star at

Duke Robinson, a former star at Washington High, is fired up about his workout with the Falcons. (Courtesy of the University of Oklahoma)

Duke Robinson, a former star at Washington High, is fired up about his workout with the Falcons. (Courtesy of the University of Oklahoma)

Oklahoma. He’s working out for the Falcons on Thursday.

What a cool kid. I’d talked to him before in a mass media setting at the NFL scouting combine, but our little chat on Tuesday was very nice.

He seems to have a real good head on his shoulders. I wanted to know why he went all the way out to Oklahoma. (Full disclosure: I like the Sooners. My first cousin, the great Weldon Ledbetter played fullback there for coach Barry Switzer 1979 to ‘83. He was a 7th round draft pick by Tampa Bay and went on to block for Herschel Walker with the New Jersey Generals in the USFL.)

“I wanted to get away from the things that were surrounding me,” Robinson said. “I wanted to change my life and see how far I could get. It worked out well for me. I’m proud of myself and my family is proud of me.”

Will the Falcons be singing "Tears of Clown" if they pass on Robinson.

Will the Falcons be singing "Tears of Clown" if they pass on Robinson?

Robinson, who is related to the great Motown singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson (his great uncle), is projected as a late first round or early second round pick. So he really doesn’t make sense for the Falcons, who appear to be set at guard with Justin Blalock and Harvey Dahl. The 24th slot appears too high for Robinson and he likely won’t be around when the Falcons pick at 55 in the second.

But the Tony Gonzalez scenario could come back into play on draft day with the Falcons trading down out of 24 and amassing second round picks. Then Duke, who’s 6-foot-5, 329-pounds, could be up!

Of course, he’d love to play for the hometown team. He’s also worked out for St. Louis, Cleveland, Miami and Pittsburgh. Most teams have him as a guard and some think he can play some right tackle.

“Right now, I’m just trying to stay focused,” said Robinson, who worked at Braves game selling peanuts and baseball caps in his youth.

He thinks that Oklahoma’s multiple sets and pro passing attack has helped his pro stock. (The Sooners have moved on since cousin Weldon was pounding the ball between the tackles from the Wishbone).

“We ran a lot of stuff,” Robinson said. “No-huddle, regular huddle-up offense. We had some great athletes.”

The Falcons went to Oklahoma in the second round last season and appeared to have found a middle linebacker in Curtis Lofton.

“We are cool,” Robinson said. “I played with him for three years. He’s my dog, but he knows I’ll put that hat on him, too.”

“Tears Of A Clown”

By William “Smokey” Robinson

a.k.a. The King of Motown

Now if there’s a smile on my face
It’s only there trying to fool the public
But when it comes down to fooling you
Now honey that’s quite a different subject

But don’t let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Cos really I’m sad, Oh I’m sadder than sad
Well I’m hurt and I want you so bad
Like a clown I appear to be glad ooh yeah

CHORUS:

Well they’re some sad things known to man
But ain’t too much sadder than
The tears of a clown when there’s none around
Oh yeah, baby baby, oh yeah baby baby

Now if I appear to be carefree
It’s only to camouflage my sadness
And honey to shield my pride I try
To cover this hurt with a show of gladness
But don’t let my show convince you
That I’ve been happy since you
Cos I need to go, oh I need you so
Look I’m hurt and I want you to know
For others I put on a show …CHORUS

Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my surface hid
Smiling in the crowd I try
But in a lonely room I cry
The tears of a clown
When there’s noone around, oh yeah, baby baby
Now if there’s a smile on my face
Don’t let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Don’t let this smile I wear
Make you think that I don’t care
Cos really I’m sad..

(I know, shamelessly stealing the lyrics thing from the DOB, but it works here. HOMAGE PAID TO THE DOB!!!)

Where do you think Robinson will go in the draft? The Falcons don’t appear to need an offensive lineman, but would Robinson be a good pick for them? Can you ever have too many good offensive lineman?

217 comments Add your comment

bigeasy830

April 18th, 2009
2:20 pm

Ken Strickland you keep bringing up 2008 stats, you are living in the past bud, you are the one in denial. It’s 2009 Ken, New Year, New Season. This is your quote Ken “Everyone is aware of the fact that IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY ARE MAJOR FACTORS WHEN DEALING WITH DENIAL”, seems like you are the one in denial that 2008 is in the past. The Falcons were 11-5 in 2008 and a play-off team, thats great, now if they are truely an elite franchise the schedule will mean nothing and they will make the play-ofs again in 2009 and be a serious contender for the Super Bowl, lets see if they can build from last years success that is what the championship franchises do. I believe that The Ravens will be a contender again. i think Joe Flacco will have a much better season than he did in 2008. I think the games against the tough defenses he faced last year will make him a much better QB. Flacco improved as the season progressed and he won 2 play-off games. Your boy Matt Ryan regressed and was the reasoon the Falcons lost that play-off game. You Boy MattRyan played against a cup cake schedule and his success aginst those bad teams have given you Falcons fans a false sense that he may be great. But, the reality of it all Ken is this, whenever he had a bad game last year you people said that it was because he was a rookie. What excuses will you have this year. Now if your Falcons are really good and last season was not a fluke then they should be able to win at least 11 games this year. I say they will win nor more than 6 but probably go 4-12. That is my prediction for 2009 Ken, 2008 is in the past, I know you are happy about the success of your team from a year ago, but championship caliber franchises like the Steelers and the Pats that all you Falcon fans want to model and compare thisfranchise after live in the here and now.

Fresh for 2009, YOU SUCKERS!!!!!!!

Ken Strickland

April 18th, 2009
8:17 pm

BIGEASY-HATER-ALLOW ME TO BE THE 1ST TO LET YOU TWO ANALS IN ON A NOT SO SECRET SECRET. THE 2009 NFL FOOTBALL SEASON HASN’T BEEN PLAYED YET, SO THERE ARE NO WON/LOSS RECORDS, INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM STATS OR ANY FACTUAL INFORMATION THAT CAN BE DISCUSSED CONCERNING ANY NONE EXISTENT ON FIELD TEAM OR PLAYER ACTIVITY. DOES THAT COMPUTE? It also didn’t escape anyones notice that both of you clowns went out of your way to avoid answering my question. But, both of you did go out of your way to demonstrate the sheer depths of your ignorance, stupidity and denial.

Who else, but someone with serious issues, would admonish someone for quoting football facts, stats and won/loss records from the completed 2008 NFL season instead of NONEXISTENT football facts, stats and won/loss records from a 2009 football season that has yet to be played. SO, IT’S REALLY NOT SURPRISING TO SEE WHY YOU’RE UNABLE TO GRASP THAT SIMPLE REALITY.

Oh, one more thing. You mentioned those tough DEF’s Flacco faced, that improvement he experienced as the season progressed and those 2 playoff gms he won. DIDN’T ALL OF THAT TAKE PLACE IN 2008? LOOKS LIKE I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE QUOTING 2008 FACTS. NOW DO YOU CLOWNS SEE THE HYPOCRISY, STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE AND DENIAL THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEES?

VICK SUPPORTER 2

April 18th, 2009
9:37 pm

HE’S REALLY GOING TO CRY NOW :)

bigeasy830

April 19th, 2009
5:42 pm

Ken Strickland, you have proven that you are truly a “BAMA”. You are too stupid to face facts, but you will eat your words when the season starts. You are as stupid as they get. You will not admit a thing. The only person on this blog that had faith in last years Falcons was Barry, You jumped on the band wagon as the season progressed. I jumped off and will stay off. I will have a great time rubbing it in your face in 2009 “BAMA”. You suck and so do the Falcons. Let’s see who has the last laugh come end of December “BAMA”, lets see what your team record is then. You are too stupid to admit that the Falcons played a candy schedule and the Ravens played against the top defenses of 2008. You are to stupid to realize the difference that makes in the development of a QB and the progression of a team towards future championship runs. You are too stupid to understand the difference between winning 2 play-off games and being a one and done team and the carry over effect that will have on the next season. You are so stupid all you do is drop names of players that someone else has wrote about to make yourself look smart . You “BAMA” are the one with issues. And to answer your question. I would rather have a team that is a serious contender to the Super Bowl year in and year out than a team that makes the play-offs every 2 or three years. I stated earlier “BAMA” that I am not a Saints fan. But I bet you they have a better record than the Falcons at the end of the season. I have posted once before that you Falcon fans are happy with a team that makes the play-offs every two or three years. Your attitude epitimize the attitude of most Falcon fans on these blogs and proves my point. Answer this question “BAMA” how many games do you think the Falcons will win this year. What’s your prediction for 2009. If you truly believe in your team I know you will say at least 11 games, they should match last year’s success, right ? I bet you don’t have the heart to give an honest prediction. You are a coward that is trying to be an internet intellect that swears he is and expert on the NFL and an internet bully. But I don’t scare easy “BAMA” and I see you are clueless about football. You probably never played the game always an armchair QB, huh. Now you can post a lie if you like I don’t know you. But, you know the truth “BAMA”, just answer my question since I answered yours, How many games do you believe the Falcons will win in 2009? Your question still pertains to 2008, you refuse to let that season go, only use 2008 if you think it will prove a point on your team progression for the 2009 season. You can’t can you. My use of 2008 was towards arguing the progression of the Saints and the Ravens 2009 season, you “BAMA”. What, are you too stupid to see that. For kicks, answer this one as well which team had the better season last year. The 8-8 Arizona Cardinals that played in the Super Bowl or the 11-5 Falcons that lost in the first round. Now, I thought I would make it easy for you since you are too stupid to understand the difference between the Dolphins 11-5 that actually won something last year namely the AFC EAST and your NFC South runner-up 11-5 Falcons. Answer those two questions “BAMA”. I see I will have fun with you this year.

Fresh for 2009, YOU SUCKERS!!!!!!!

VICK SUPPORTER 2

April 19th, 2009
7:19 pm

NOW I AM CERTAIN HE IS GOING TO CRY :)

Ken Strickland

April 19th, 2009
8:00 pm

VS2-Why would you expect me to cry based on BIGSLEEZY’S longwinded thesis of ignorance, stupidity and dilusional thought? Is it because you cried after I made you realize how intellectually inadequate you were?

VICK SUPPORTER 2

April 19th, 2009
10:11 pm

“BIG EASY” – GOOD JOB :)

bigeasy830

April 20th, 2009
5:28 am

Ken Strickland you still didn’t answer my 2 questions. I knew you did not have the heart to do so, “BAMA”.

Fresh for 2009, YOU SUCKERS!!!!!!!

FALCONSHATER2009

April 20th, 2009
10:14 am

Ken stop callin people stupid and all this ignorance u showing. YOU A BANDWAGON FAIRWEATHER FAN…… u just to dumb and blind to see it. bigeasy this dude is crying his eyes out right now. hey ken you need a tissue. Your life is like the falcons IT SUCKS……………

Ken Strickland

April 20th, 2009
10:21 am

IT’S REALLY AMUSING TO SEE YOU CLOWNS CONTINUALLY TRYING TO SINK THIS MIGHTLY BATTLESHIP WITH YOUR WEAK AZZ LITTLE SPITBALLS. WHY SHOULD I ATTEMPT TO ANSWER YOUR MEANINGLESS QUESTIONS WHEN YOU’VE REFUSED TO ANSWER MINE. LIKE WHY CRITICIZE ME FOR USING 2008 STATS, WON/LOSS RECORDS AND PLAYER/TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS WHEN YOU REPEATEDLY REFERENCE THE 2008 ACCOMPLIMENTS OF QB FLACCO, THE DOLPHINS, THE SAINTS, THE FALCONS ETC? DON’T GET ME WRONG, I KNOW WHY YOU REFUSE TO ANSWER. IT WOULD FORCE YOU TO DEAL WITH THE REAL SENSE THAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY INTELLECTUALLY BANKRUPT AND YOUR FOOTBALL IQ IS MINISCULE.

FALCONSHATER2009

April 20th, 2009
3:05 pm

OK KEN WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION U WANT ANSWERED SO BADLY THAT U GOTTA FEEL IMPORTANT.OH AND U DA CLOWN CUZ U ROOT FOR A TEAM THAT JUST SUCKS

VICK SUPPORTER 2

April 20th, 2009
4:56 pm

“FALCONHATER & BIG EASY” – TELL ME WHO THIS SOUNDS LIKE.

LAST SEASON, PRIOR TO THE FALCONS PLAYING TAMPA THE FIRST GAME, THIS ONE “SO CALLED FOOTBALL BRAIN” STATED ALL THESE STATS HE MADE UP ABOUT HOW THE FALCONS WOULD DOMINATE THE GAME.

WELL WE ALL REMEMBER HOW TAMPA WHIPPED THE GIRLY BIRDS 24-6 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AND RYAN “LEAF” HAD AN IMPRESSIVE 17 QB RATING. 17 QB RATING – CAN YOU ACTUALLY GET A LOWER RATING? PATHETIC.

ANYWAY, AFTER MAKING THAT IDIOTIC PREDICTION, HE DIDN’T SHOW HIS FACE FOR NEARLY 3-WEEK AFTER THAT. WHO THAT WAS?

YOU GUESSED IT – “THE GREAT B.A.M.A.” :)

VICK SUPPORTER 2

April 20th, 2009
5:00 pm

IT’S OFFICIAL – HE IS CRYING :)

mars

April 20th, 2009
5:07 pm

Who needs strip clubs? The true boobs in Atlanta are on this blog.

bigeasy830

April 21st, 2009
6:27 am

If there were no strip clubs Mars, you would have never met your wife and your mom would be unemployed.

FALCONSHATER2009

April 21st, 2009
4:01 pm

VICKSUPPORTER 2 U CRAZY AS HELL MAN. BAMA SOUNDS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD.

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