Josh Robinson Combine: Combine's Fastest Man Sends His Draft Stock Soaring

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystFebruary 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Scouts look on as a player runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Every year, one of the most talked about subjects heading into the NFL Scouting Combine is which player will turn in the fastest 40-yard dash time, and as the dust settles over this year's event, the king of the "dash for cash" was not who we had expected.

Cornerback Josh Robinson of the University of Central Florida is the combine's fastest man after running a blistering 4.33 second 40-yard dash Tuesday in Indianapolis, and as Robinson told CBS Sports, his relative anonymity entering the combine provided him motivation to put on a show for scouts during workouts.

They told me I wouldn't be drafted in the top three rounds. So that gave me motivation. That made me want to prove that I could be drafted higher than that and do better than what some people believe I can.

Robinson, who measured in at the combine at 5'10" and 199 pounds, also had the best broad jump and third best vertical leap at his position, and that, combined with his blazing 40 time and respectable 17 reps on the bench press, has sent scouts scrambling to learn more about the three-year starter for the Knights. 

However, the Josh Robinson bandwagon already had a driver in the form of CBS Sports Analyst Rob Rang, who sang the praises of the Central Florida standout not long after Robinson declared that he would forgo his senior season in Orlando to enter the NFL Draft.

Robinson's speed, agility and leaping ability jump off tape. If he works out as well as I think he will based on the athleticism I've seen on the field, scouts may have a hard time justifying Robinson not winding up a top 100 pick.

Josh Robinson is still a fairly "raw" prospect who could take a year or two to develop the technique required to be a successful cornerback in the National Football League, but the outburst of athleticism from Robinson at the combine would certainly seem to indicate that the physical tools are there. After Tuesday's display in Indy, I'd wager that Mr. Rang is no longer alone in his high regard for Robinson.