Adrian Robinson Signs with Steelers: Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Aaron DodgeAnalyst IApril 30, 2012

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent Adrian Robinson, according to

Robinson, an outside linebacker/lineman prospect from Temple, fits the perfect mold of a hybrid tweener if there ever were one. He played with his hand in the dirt more often than not, but does possess the ability and versatility to stand up.

He's got a good motor and his 4.7 40 time and finesse moves have earned him success in getting after the quarterback. Robinson simply isn't strong enough to make up for his lack of size, however.

At 6'1'' and 250 pounds, he manages to disappear on college game tape sometimes.


What the experts are saying breaks down Robinson's play style quite eloquently.

He's a quick-twitch athlete who projects as a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 strong side or SAM linebacker. Even when he isn't pass-rushing, he can mix it up well by staying at home and sealing the running lanes very well. Robinson has a really great spin move and can accelerate quickly out of it. In 2009, he had 13 sacks and garnered a lot of attention, but fell off in 2010 with only 3.5 sacks.

The folks over at offer up a point-by-point criticism of Robinson's prospects:

He’s simply not strong enough at the point of attack right now…has a nearly ineffective bull rush…really struggles to shed blocks…not strong enough to be a DE, but not flexible enough to be a OLB…gets too aggressive on zone reads and misdirection plays…gets sucked inside by fakes and loses any hope of containment…has only an average first step…still has a ways to go on how to use his hands…if the OT is able to lock out and engage Robinson then the play is basically over for him.


Projected rookie impact

Robinson has experience on the return squad from his time at Temple, and with his speed and athleticism it wouldn't be surprising to see him on the field in a special teams role with the Steelers, assuming he doesn't end up cut or on the practice squad.

He could see time in certain defensive rotations and his experience at multiple positions certainly won't hurt him. Robinson likely won't take the league by storm, but he could develop into a very serviceable and productive player.