Big, strapping cornerbacks are en vogue in today's NFL. Guys like New York's Antonio Cromartie and Seattle's Brandon Browner are the new prototype at the position.
That puts USC's Nickell Robey in a tough spot as he enters the 2013 NFL draft. He goes in at just 5'8" and 169 pounds.
But that didn't stop him from making 37 starts across three seasons at one of the most prestigious college football programs in the nation. It didn't stop him from receiving First-Team All-Pac 12 honors in 2011, either.
Robey is a top-notch athlete. In addition to playing football, he was also on the USC track team as a long jumper and sprinter. After a disappointing 4.53-second 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine, he blazed a 4.35 at his pro day. He also recorded an impressive 40.5" vertical.
His USC career ended with 163 tackles and seven interceptions. He took three of those picks to the house for touchdowns. That gives you an idea of the kind of athletic ability this kid possesses.
Robey decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2013 draft. Due mostly to his diminutive stature, he received a "day three" projection from the NFL Advisory Committee. He's expected to be selected in the fourth round or later.
Robey could certainly prove to be a value pick, though. He has athleticism and ball skills to thrive as a slot corner at the NFL level.
Let's take a look at some of the highlights of his three-year career at USC.