Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NFL Prospect Donovan Robinson, DE/LB, Jackson State

Donovan Robinson finished his great Jackson State Tiger career with 30 QB sacks, 58 tackles for losses and 171 total tackles. Robinson was a athletic college pass rusher who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL for a 3-4 team. He displays terrific movement skills, generates speed, and forceful off the edge with great quickness. Shows a quick first step with good natural knee bend and gets leverage on opponents. Impressed scouts during the HBCU Bowl week with his ability to play with good pad level and to re-direct his pursuit in traffic. He quickly changes direction and immediately alters his angle of attack with no problem. Robinson also showed better coverage ability than expected displaying good feet, hips and awareness on routes. He is fast off the edge and immediately gets out to the sidelines in pursuit and shows great closing speed. Lacks bulk at 6-2 245 lbs to be an every down NFL DE and is sometimes controlled by single blocker or easily sealed from the action as he was primarily used up field in college. Robinson was an outstanding pass rusher in college and shows enough athleticism to translate to outside linebacker in the NFL. He will need some time to adjust to the 3-4 NFL system but I believe he can be an asset rushing the passer out of a three-point stance or standing up over tackle. Robinson will need to prove his worth on special teams early in his career as he gets more comfortable with adjusting to the outside linebacker position. NFL teams that run the 3-4 are intrigued with his athleticism, size,  4.6 speed and college career production. Robinson is a true sleeper and has the interest of teams to warrant a draft grade in the later 6-7th rounds.