Southern Methodist Senior
40: 4.40 (estimated)
Good vertical threat with good speed and sudden burst. Able to run past most corners and has a very quick first step after the catch. Gets a good release off the line and shows some ability as a route runner. Quick feet and short area burst to separate from defenders. Has nice hands and shows decent concentration. Has nice ball skills and will go up for the ball and lay out for throws.
Lacks size and will struggle to beat the jam. Struggles to make catches in traffic and doesn't do a good job getting position vs. the defender. Doesn't always do a great job tracking the deep ball. Will body catch at times. Doesn't run a huge variety of routes, usually working the go route most downs. Not a factor as a blocker for the most part, giving only perfunctory effort and uses more as a decoy. Whiffs on his assignments when he does work in that realm.
Robinson is a good vertical option that has dangerous speed and burst. He was the complement to Emmanuel Sanders for two seasons, combining for 106 catches for 1847 yards (17.4 avg) and 16 touchdowns. Had his best year as a senior with 65 catches for 1301 yards (20.0 avg) and 14 touchdowns. Also combined for 5 kickoff returns for 110 yards (22.0 avg) during his career.
Robinson will probably have to produce early on special teams. He possesses the speed to be a factor on kickoff returns, and also has the quickness and burst to be able to return punts, although he did very little of that at SMU. You like his potential as an explosive slot option, although he's probably not as natural a pure receiver as you'd want. But he's the type of player that in the right offense can be a good complement and be a guy that can routinely catch 30-40 passes a year. He'll have to polish up his route-runnning, but he flashes potential there. There will be some transition time going from the run n' shoot to the pro style, but if he can produce early on special teams, then I suspect by his third year he should be a regular contributor on offense.
Robinson has the potential to fill the same niche as Harry Douglas does with the team, and as a speedy third or fourth option. Robinson would upgrade the Falcons ability to generate explosive plays, but may not be able to find a strong role with the team initially unless he can outshine Weems on special teams, which seems doubtful. But he can be used in spots as a situational player and probably be a nice No. 4 option early on before being able to push for the No. 3 role down the road.
Robinson is a nice middle round prospect that unless he can impress a team with his special teams ability shouldn't go off the board until the fourth or fifth round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.5
Body Control: 3.0
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.