NFL Draft Spotlight: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 9, 2010 @ 18:13:00 PDT

 


Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson, a senior, has been quite the contributor the past three years for the Seminoles, and he enters the 2010 NFL Draft with a strong chance of being drafted by the end of the first day. Last year, Robinson set career highs in total tackles (47), solo stops (37), forced fumbles (two) and passes defensed (11).

Strengths

  • Natural, instinctive
  • Amazing athleticism
  • Good size: 5-foot-11, 190 pounds
  • Innate cover-corner skills
  • Quality closing speed and burst
  • Built for press coverage but also very capable in zone
  • Soft hands
  • Plays the quarterback well
  • Great balance and footwork
  • Special teams experience on coverage and as a returner
  • Upside

Weaknesses

  • Maddeningly inconsistent (six INTs in five 2007 starts, one since)
  • Weak in run support - not much of a tackler
  • Character concerns after being suspended four games for his role in the FSU academic scandal
  • Limited starting experience (24 starts in 44 career games)
  • Doesn't jam well for a press corner (not technically precise yet)
  • Too aggressive at times - can be had on trick plays
  • Durability concerns

Expected draft placement

Robinson is all over the place - figuratively and literally. He's a tough player to get a read on because of his lack of consistency. The Seminoles' best cover corner, he has the talent to take his game to the next level with a little coaching help. We're really of the belief that Robinson could be a Pro Bowl corner or a career nickel back. Anticipate him being selected as high as the Minnesota Vikings (No. 30) or as low as the top of the third round. Likely, Robinson will be a high second-rounder.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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