Florida State Senior
PROS: He has nice ball skills and using it well to match up with size, timing his jumps well to bat away passes. Makes it hard to beat him on fade routes. Shows good burst on the ball, able to sit on routes, or undercut crossing routes to break up pass. Has good hips and is able to turn and run with receivers. Hard to beat deep and shows good potential to play in press coverage. Wraps up in run support and not afraid to come up and deliver the hit. Shows good burst to the ball, able to shoot past blockers and make the stop.
CONS: Doesn't play with great discipline or consistency. Needs to take better angles in zone coverage and will miss stops in the open field because he'll give up too much cushion as well. Can be a bit tentative vs. the run, especially when asked to make tackles downfield. Can be a step late reacting to the throw, showing less than ideal instincts. Needs to do a better job getting the jam in press coverage.
OVERVIEW: He has loads of potential and all the physical skills you're looking for in a top corner. Teams tended to respect him a lot and stayed away from him quite a bit his last two seasons. He only had 1 interception but 15 pass breakups in 20 games. His best season was as a sophomore, where he only started 5 games but managed 6 picks.
NFL FORECAST: There is a bit of a buyer's beware with Robinson, mainly because he's a guy that doesn't always play up to his athletic potential. You can somewhat compare him to Chris Houston because of that, but I think DeAngelo Hall is a better comparision. I think like Hall, his physical skills and athletic ability will make him into a fairly solid NFL corner, but he won't live up to his full potential and become an elite corner because of his undisciplined play and he makes too many mental errors. However, the chances of him succeeding at a high level on the next level dramatically increase if he plays beside a solid veteran and is well-coached. If he was to learn from a player like Champ Bailey or the like early on his career, I would be much more confident he would be able to pick up on a lot of things that would make him solid. He'll create headaches from time to time, but he has the ability to be a No. 1 corner on par with a Hall or Terrence Newman.
ATL FORECAST: Patrick Robinson could fit well here in Atlanta opposite Dunta Robinson. While it's not the ideal situation for him to come into and be a great NFL corner, he at least has a lot more potential to be a No. 1 corner than anybody else on the roster besides the other Robinson. He would be an upgrade at the No. 2 cornerback position and would likely be in a position where he could be a decent starter as a rookie because his size and athletic potential exceed that which Owens and Grimes have. The pair of Robinsons would be a solid, but not spectacular duo, on par with what Dallas has in Newman and Mike Jenkins. They won't be the best pair of corners around, but certainly are in the Top 10 if not Top 5.
VALUE: Robinson's potential makes him a solid late first round prospect. But if you take him before the twenties, you're probably reaching because of his inconsistency.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
MAN COVERAGE: 4.0
ZONE COVERAGE: 3.5
BALL SKILLS: 4.0
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