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College: Central Florida
40-yard Dash: 4.29
Draft: 3rd Round Draft Pick (66th overall)
Josh Robinson is simply an exceptional playmaker. Whether it is an interception or a kick return, he possesses an explosive second gear, allowing him to do exciting things when he gets the ball in his hands. Robinson was clocked at a 4.29 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was the fastest of any player timed.
The junior cornerback has shown good press coverage technique with outstanding timing, leaping ability and natural hands going up for the thrown ball. He moves well in space and shows good urgency to close once he locates the ball, especially in the air. He had 46 passes defended, which ranked 11th in the NCAA in 2011.
Though he is willing to throw his body around, he made 45 plays in run support during the last two seasons, which is an area of the game he will look to improve upon in the NFL.
Where He Fits in Minnesota
Robinson will battle throughout training camp with veteran free agent Chris Carr for the nickel corner position. Carr will likely have the edge early on, but with a strong camp the rookie could earn more snaps. Robinson is also in the running for kick returner and punt returner positions.
2012 Projected Impact
In a pass-happy NFL, having three quality cornerbacks has almost become essential. Robinson should eventually supplant Chris Carr and receive more snaps in nickel packages. If he can prove to be a quick study, he can be the outside corner with Chris Cook, allowing Antoine Winfield to play the slot corner against three-receiver sets. I also see him as the favorite to utilize his straight-line speed as the starting kick returner.