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The Future 40, Prospect 32: Patrick Robinson Scouting Report


A new series was formed about two months ago here called The Future 40, and the next edition is here! The segment has and will continue to run every other day until late April as we provide you with in-depth scouting reports of some 2010 NFL Draft prospects, giving you information key to understanding some of the players’ strengths, weaknesses, projected round of selection, possibility of being picked by the Eagles, and much more! And because the Draft is an important event for the entire league, some of the top-ranked players not expected to go to Philadelphia will also be reported on. In the first look at a prospect, we evaluated Nebraska’s DT Ndamukong Suh, who many consider to be the best player in the entire rookie class. In the second, we examined powerful RB Jonathan Dwyerand in the other editions that have released, LB Sean WeatherspoonCB Joe HadenSS Earl ThomasRB/WR Dexter McClusterFS Taylor MaysOG Mike IupatiQB Colt McCoyRB Ryan Mathewsand DE Jason Pierre-Paul have been included. For a complete list of the prospects covered, simply click here. This time around, we took a look at Patrick Robinson:

  • Prospect Name: Patrick Robinson
  • Position: Cornerback
  • College: Florida State University
  • Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 190 pounds
  • Age: 22 years
  • Class Status: Senior

Summary: Considered by many to be among the top five prospects at the cornerback position in this month’s rookie selection process-the NFL Draft–Patrick Robinson has proven to be one of the most exciting defensive players in his class and is expected to make an immediate impact at the professional level. Born in Florida, the defensive back attended South Miami High School, where he supposedly notched an astounding 11 interceptions and scored 10 touchdowns in his senior year. In spite of decent collegiate offers from schools like Minnesota, Robinson chose to play in the NCAA for the Seminoles of Florida State. Because the staff reportedly wanted to get him on the field early so that he could develop a strong sense of how to perform well in their schemes, the CB saw action in 12 of the team’s 13 games during his freshman campaign. He was rarely given significant opportunities on defense, but was a key member of the special teams unit and still utilized the experience to learn the play book. The following season, he gradually earned a spot in the starting lineup, and recorded an impressive six interceptions. In his junior year with Florida State, Robinson’s pick total dropped but his overall amount of production did not. His tackling skills seemed to improve and he continued to show signs of dominance while manning a slight special teams role. His fourth and final season in college wasn’t overly impressive, as he failed to intercept a pass and stay consistent on bringing the ball carrier to the ground, but his man coverage technique appeared to be impeccable, and he shadowed even the league’s elite receivers. With strong performances at events such as the Scouting Combine, he boosted his ranking on many teams’ Draft considerations, and stands among the best players at his position set to play their first downs as pros in 2010.

Career Statistics:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2006 11 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 27 18 9 0 0 0 1 0 6 87 14.5 32 0 0
2008 26 22 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 46 31 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

Notable Achievements/Awards:

  • All-ACC Honors (2007, 2009)
  • Hinesman Award winner (2009)
  • Florida State’s Defensive MVP (2009)
  • Was two interceptions away from being among college football’s top-20 in terms of players who have recorded the most picks in an NCAA career

Strengths:

  • Has a large amount of overall athleticism and agility
  • Uses a smooth, fluid technique in his pass coverage
  • Is fast enough to contain even the best of wide receivers
  • Executes a near-perfect start to coverage; backpedals in a swift motion and breaks into covering his opponent well
  • Can be aggressive on the line of scrimmage in trying to immediately stall or slow receivers
  • Is very knowledgeable of opposing teams’ quarterbacks and their passing intentions
  • Has great instincts and knows how to project where a pass is going to be thrown
  • Can make big plays with his explosiveness and above-average speed
  • Very rarely allows a receiver or ball carrier to get behind him on the field

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks an intimidating physicality
  • Seems as if he doesn’t always play to his potential
  • Is not very competitive/passionate about his status with opponents or teammates
  • Tends to shy away from a lot of contact or blocking assignments
  • Has not been much of a factor as a run defender thus far in his football career
  • Can lose his focus and turn his attention from simple, basic rules on how to have solid defensive play

Projected Round of Selection: 1st-3rd round

NFL Player Comparison: Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets

We hope that everyone enjoyed the 32nd report for The Future 40 prospect segment, and urge you to keep checking back for more scouting analysis as the series continues all the way up until the Draft! Also, remember that we will happily take and consider requests from our fans for this series! If you or another Eagle fanatic is interested in seeing a certain player be evaluated in The Future 40, be sure to contact us as soon as possible, and we will attempt to include your selected prospect!

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