Son Of a Coach Poised To Make a Difference For The Browns

Robert RozborilContributor IMay 13, 2009

BEREA, OH - MAY 02:  Brian Robiskie #80  of the Cleveland Browns runs a drill during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 2, 2009 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ohio native Brian Robiskie is set to make his NFL depute this fall.  The 6'3", 209lb. WR was the second pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2009 draft. 

Brian Robiskie is an talented young receiver with sure hands and high football IQ that is attributed to his father, Cleveland Browns' receivers' coach and former Raiders' running back, Terry Robiskie. 

When Brian Robiskie came to Ohio State as a freshman in 2005, he was a star return man for the Buckeyes' special teams.  It wasn't long before he was making a name for himself as a receiver. 

As a junior at Ohio State, Brian Robiskie led the Buckeyes with 55 catches for 935 yards and averaged 17 yards a catch.  He also accumulated eleven touchdowns that season. 

He was an ESPN first team Academic All-American with a 3.50 GPA in marketing in 2007.  This shows that Robiskie has the brains to match his braun. 

As a senior, Robiskie made 42 catches for 535 yards and eight touchdowns.  An impressive week of practice before the Senior Bowl assured scouts that Robiskie was the real deal. 

Robiskie was thought by many scouts to be the most NFL-ready WR of the 2009 draft.

If Robiskie has one weakness it would be him lacking the ability to be a player who can be the difference maker for his team.  Then again, the Browns have already seen the drawback to having a player who's only talent is making big plays with Braylon Edwards.

The fact that Robiskie seems to be more of a fundamentally sound reciever than a game breaker could make him a healthy addition to Cleveland.  Afterall, big plays mean nothing if a team can't make the small ones. 

Brian Robiskie played high school football for Chagrin High School in Ohio where he excelled on the field.  During this period, Brian also worked as a ball boy for the Browns.

"I think there's a real upside to those former ball boys," said Browns' Head Coach Eric Mangini who is also a former Browns ball boy.  "They just end up being very successful."

After playing for Ohio State and signing with the Browns, a reporter asked Brian how he felt about playing all of his football in Ohio in an interview posted on the Cleveland Browns' official website.  "I wouldn't have it any other way," said Robiskie. 

Brian Robiskie definitely has the goods both mentally and physically that could make him a valuable asset for the Browns receiving core.