Texas A&M football: Layden Robinson selected by New England Patriots

Like McKinnley Jackson before him, Robinson ended up going much higher than where many boards had him slotted.
Oct 28, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Layden Robinson
Oct 28, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Layden Robinson / Dustin Safranek-USA TODAY Sports

Layden Robinson selected at top of the 4th round by New England Patriots

Another player from Texas A&M football has gone in the NFL draft, with Layden Robinson being selected by the New England Patriots with the 3rd pick of the 4th round (103 overall).

Layden is a high-upside guard prospect with immense power. His flashy plays are up there with anyone in the nation, leading some outlets to give him some first-round buzz prior to his junior season. However, a poor 2022 and 2023 caused his stock to slide quite a bit.

How far did it slide? Well, even though Robinson was selected in the top half of the draft at 103 overall, he was projected to go even lower—and there was a possibility he ended up as a UDFA.

Despite certain scouts and mock drafters selling their Layden Robinson stock, the team up in Foxborough apparently liked what they saw. Similar to the move Cincinnati made with McKinnley Jackson only six picks prior, the Pats worked decisively to get their guy.

Robinson will be part of a new regime in New England, as legendary head coach Bill Belichick is no longer with the franchise. In all likelihood, he'll be pass blocking for the Pats' #3 overall selection in UNC's Drake Maye, who is the future at the quarterback position for New England.

It should be no secret that Robinson's final two years in College Station were affected to no small degree by the coaching of Steve Addazio. Though the Aggies boasted several highly talented linemen, their offensive front seemed to struggle coming together and becoming greater than the sum of their parts at any point.

Rather, they often showcased mental lapses and confusion in their pass and run sets, and hardly ever looked cohesive. Point being, I don't think we've yet seen the best of what Robinson has to offer, and it's very possible he grows to become a stalwart up in Foxborough.