Man Coverage: One-on-One with Cleveland Browns Rookie Wideout Brian Robiskie
While most Browns fans are coming up with questions to ask Brady Quinn about his upcoming quarterback competition, or Josh Cribbs and his recent contract controversy, I've chosen a different route. I thought it might be important to get some input from one of Cleveland's recent draft day additions.
At this point, Cleveland's rookies have been on the field more than anyone else this offseason. As of now, they not only have the best idea of what practices are like under new coach Eric Mangini, but they're also getting an early preview of what kind of plays Mangini and his coordinators are coming up with.
With this in mind, I came up with a few questions to ask rookie wide receiver Brian Robiskie.
As someone who used to be a ball boy in Cleveland while his father coached the Browns, I figure he might have some interesting input on what its like to play for the team he grew up with.
To start the interview, I thought I'd ask some typical opening questions in order to find out how Robiskie's experience with the Browns is going so far.
1. You've been a member of the Cleveland Browns for just about a month now. How has life in the NFL treated you so far?
2. Much like your new coach Eric Mangini, you started your Browns career as a ball boy. Your father, Terry, was the interim head coach in 2004 after Butch Davis was fired. How did it feel being drafted by a team you already have some notable history with?
After this, I would be curious to hear Robiskie's opinion on his new coach.
Overall reviews on Eric Mangini throughout the NFL seem to split down the line. Some people are fans of his work ethic and attitude about the game of football, while others seem to think he's a bit too tough on his players. It'll be interesting to see how Robiskie will handle the transition from his former coach Jim Tressel to Eric Mangini.
I am also curious to see if Mangini has started implementing any of the plays he and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll are coming up with during practices.
3. Many NFL experts have painted coach Eric Mangini as a disciplinarian who runs a very strict locker room. Now that you've spent the past few weeks under his watch at rookie mini-camp, do you feel this is an accurate description of your new coach?
4. A lot of fans are curious as to what kind of plays Mangini and Brian Daboll will be running this year. Is there any input you can give on just what type of offense the coaches seem to be working with as of now?
5. You gained a little media attention in Cleveland for having to run laps after a dropped ball in practice. How did it feel knowing nobody on this team will be given any special treatment when it comes to making mistakes?
Robiskie having to pay for practice slip-ups officially brought an end to the country club atmosphere mini-camps used to have under former coach Romeo Crennel. While he never worked under Crennel, Brian Robiskie was the first example of the discipline Eric Mangini will be bringing to the practice field and it will be interesting to see just how he handled it.
From here, I thought I would ask about the scouting analysis Robiskie received coming into this year's NFL Draft. The next few questions would be to see how the young wideout reacted to what scouts had to say regarding the pros and cons of drafting him.
6. When you were drafted, many analysts pointed out the academic success you had through college. While exceptional grades certainly don't make their way into the stat books, how do you feel your academic prowess benefits you on the field?
7. Along with this, many experts claimed you were a sure-handed, polished receiver, but you lacked the overall speed needed to be a top wideout in the NFL. How do these comments affect you and are you doing any work to improve your speed in practice?
The next few questions are meant to test Robiskie's character and mental strength. Analysts claimed he was the most "NFL-ready" receiver in the draft, but it will be interesting to see if he feels the same way.
I also want to know if he feels he's ready for the transition he'll be going under coming to the Browns after spending four years playing in the national spotlight at Ohio State.
8. While the Browns have certainly stockpiled receivers this offseason, most of the new additions aren't quite dependable enough to be considered starters. How does it feel knowing the team may very well thrust you into a starting role in your very first season?
9. We know what draft analysts said when it came to how ready you were for life in the NFL, but what I want to know is do you feel like you're ready to be an NFL starter?
10. You played at The Ohio State University, a consistently winning program. You've spent the past few winters preparing for various BCS Bowl games. Now, you come to Cleveland, where the Browns have had two winning seasons in ten years. How are you going to handle the transition from a national powerhouse to a team in the middle of a rebuilding year?
11. Furthermore, what do you feel your experience and winning background can bring to this team?
To finish off the interview, I thought I would bring up Cleveland's history of draft busts. With just over three months before the season begins, its a bit too early to tell who'll shine and who will become irrelevant this year.
However, I'm curious to see if Robiskie believes he can handle the pressures placed on being a rookie in the NFL and succeed as a Cleveland Brown.
12. The Cleveland Browns have had a rough history when it comes to draft busts and, more often than not, the team has drafted far more duds than impact players.
With this history in mind, I want you to take this time and tell the fans of Cleveland what you will do to make sure you don't become another Browns draft dud.
As previously mentioned, its still too early to tell if any rookies will turn out to be impact players this year for the Cleveland Browns.
However, along with center Alex Mack, Brian Robiskie is one of the few Browns draft picks who is being considered a possible starter at this point, so he may very well be thrust into the spotlight this season.
After watching Robiskie during his time at Ohio State, I personally believe he can take the steps needed to become a successful NFL receiver. But, will he become the reliable No. 2 target the Browns lacked so desperately last season?
Only time will tell.
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