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Prospect Profiles: Josh Robinson

JOSH ROBINSON, CB, CENTRAL FLORIDA

TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 5-10, 199, 4.33

SCOUTING REPORTS:

National Football Post:

The Positives…

• Possesses a thick frame and good muscle tone through the lower half. Displays a physical element to his game.
• Showcases some bite as a tackler. Breaks down well, runs his legs through contact and does a nice job wrapping on his target.
• Exhibits a “plus” second gear when asked to track the football. Once he gets his feet going he can make up ground in a hurry.
• Displays good instincts in both man and zone concepts, feeling routes develop under him and getting early jumps on the football.
• Showcases natural fluidity in the hips when asked to turn and run, doesn’t look tight through his transition.
• Locates the football well vertically. Displays good body control and uses his length well to adjust and get his hands on the ball.

The Negatives…

• Is a shade under 5-10 (5094) and lacks great height for the position.
• In press bail tends to open up the gate prematurely and will get narrow and upright with his footwork, causing him to give up initial separation vertically down the field.
• Isn’t real physical off the line, is content too often to give a free release and simply try to run with receivers.
• Doesn’t do a great job sitting into his drop in off-man. Tends to play a bit high and will waste some motion getting out of his breaks and overextending with his drive foot when trying to click and close. His second/third steps are where he plays fast, not necessary his initial step.

Overall, Robinson is a talented corner. He’s fluid, can really run and has the vertical speed to make up for a false step at the college level. He’s also a guy who will tackle and isn’t afraid to mix it up inside. However, I have a tough time giving any undersized corner a first-round grade who isn’t technically sound in his drop and/or isn’t real physical off the line.

I think Robinson is a guy who is in fact better suited playing on the outside than inside, because I see a corner who is faster than quick and will be more effective playing in space rather than in a phone booth.

Nevertheless, there are simply too many technical flaws to his game as of now that need to be cleaned up for me to feel comfortable using a first-round grade on him. However, because of his straight-line speed, natural fluidity and willingness to tackle, I would give the guy a “dirty starter” type grade who I wouldn’t have too many reservations taking in round two.

PFW:

Upside:

• Quick-footed, fluid
• Flips his hips and runs vertical
• Transitions smoothly
• Drives on throws with timing and anticipation
• PR experience
• Showed well vs. A.J. Green as a sophomore

Downside:

• Lacks ideal length
• Needs to improve functional strength
• Gets caught peaking, bites on double moves
• Limited experience vs. elite receivers
• Inconsistent fielding punts

The Way We See It:

Small-framed, athletic, versatile corner who stands out against mid-major competition and could develop into a No. 2 given his fluid movement and ball skills. Punt-return ability adds to his value

FF Toolbox:

Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson is already considered one of the top prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft even though he’s only a junior. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with a great ability to run with a receiver and react to the ball. Shows a good, but not great lower half, and plays too tight in his hips. He wastes some motion in his backpedal, but his quick feet make up for it.

As a tackler, he needs work. Robinson tends to tackle too high and needs to break down and wrap. He’s also not physical enough to get off blocks on the edge.

Since Robinson did well to shut down A.J. Green in UCF’s bowl game last year, his stock is a little overvalued. He needs to work harder at maintaining inside leverage since he’ll often get beat on a receiver’s cut to the inside.

The bottom line is that he is a reactive corner and not an instinctual one. In order to take his game to the next level, he’ll have to learn the finer nuances of the position since he relies too heavily on his speed and athleticism.

VIDEO:

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Josh Robinson is a fast cornerback prospect who put himself on the map with a stellar combine performance. Ran a 4.33. Tested off the charts. Now, you have to go back to the film. He’s obviously fast, and he’s very athletic. Fluid. Can turn and run with anyone. Has return experience. Good tackler. He’s not physical and, like most prospects, needs technique work. But his speed is intriguing. His performance against AJ Green gets high marks. And then he blows up the combine. 2nd or 3rd rounder, although you will start to hear his name climb more and more. I’ve seen him linked to the Giants in mocks and it makes sense; they need corners and Robinson is one of the better ones. Plus, he can return, which we all know the Giants need. Robinson strikes me as a guy who can contribute right away and develop into a starting caliber corner. I’d be fine with him in the 2nd round.

 

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