The New York Giants were expected to take a tight end far earlier in the 2012 NFL draft, but they finally decided to make a splash with their first of two fourth-round selections, landing Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson with the 127th pick.
To be quite frank, Robinson is a project.
He boasts phenomenal size at 6’4” and 264 pounds, 4.5 speed and 39.5-inch vertical, but little else.
To put it in perspective, National Football Post’s Wes Bunting does not even have the prospect on his 30-man tight-end big board.
The former Bearcat is very raw and will need a lot of attention from tight ends coach Mike Pope to develop into a serviceable player in the NFL.
The selection of such a player at this point in the draft is a head-scratcher. Prospects like DeAngelo Peterson, Brian Linthicum and James Hanna are all better options, and this slot would have been too early to take each of them, too.
It makes me wonder if the Giants didn't mean to select outside linebacker Adrian Robinson from Temple instead here. Robinson would have been a far greater addition as one of the class’s most intriguing remaining pass-rushers.
Adrien Robinson has good measurables. He is a physically-gifted athlete and has the appearance of many of the top receiving tight ends taking the NFL by storm.The Giants clearly liked his athleticism, bringing him in for a pre-draft visit.
How would you grade the Giants' selection of Adrien Robinson?
However, he has done little to suggest he can perform at the NFL level.
Robinson was a one-year starter with dramatically low production for a fourth-round draft pick. He could be a red-zone threat. Three of his 12 catches in 2011 were for a touchdown. But that may be more of an indicator of how little he is able to get open than anything else.
He shows promise as a blocker, having taken out three Vanderbilt defenders on one play during the Liberty Bowl. But again, he has little to show for it.
The Giants needed a tight end. This guy simply is not the one they should have taken—at any point in the draft. With such a lackluster resume, Robinson would make more sense as an undrafted free agent.
In the fourth round, this appears to be an atrocious selection.
General manager Jerry Reese has made a lot of spectacular picks, but this does not appear to be one of them. It would be easy to shrug it off and point out Reese’s genius. With this pick, however, it can't be done. The Giants clearly see something they like, but they did not need to reach this far to get him.