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A lockdown man-coverage cornerback with big upside as a true junior entry, Rashard Robinson hasn’t been developed at LSU due to off-field issues. The team willing to gamble on him could strike gold, though, given his natural abilities and what he brings to the table with height, weight and speed.
Robinson started just eight games in college—playing in 20 games—and excelled following SEC receivers. He has ideal tools to press, flip his hips and run with big or fast players. Robinson’s two years of tape were impressive in his instincts for the position. He’s just an athlete playing cornerback without refined footwork but showed an ability to anticipate the route and stay in-phase through transitions.
A long strider, Robinson doesn’t look like he’s moving, but his field speed was top-notch. That allowed him to stick with home run hitters down the field, but he also showed a knack for matching size with size and will go up and get the ball on 50-50 throws in the red zone or down the sideline.
A tough, natural player, Robinson has huge steal potential if he can get in the right system.
The off-field concerns will be discussed first, and for a long time, when teams meet to talk about Robinson. Going back to his recruitment, he barely got his paperwork approved in time to be eligible for LSU. Then, as a sophomore, he was suspended for Week 1 and then suspended indefinitely before LSU's 10th game for undisclosed reasons. Robinson was never reinstated, so he sat out all of 2015 before declaring for the draft.
Long and super lean, Robinson is a high-cut player with average agility in short areas and questionable instincts. With a lack of practice reps or time spent around a program, Robinson could easily add strength and weight to his frame. At the combine he looked as if he hadn’t trained for the drills and only managed five bench press reps at his pro day.
Teams will look at Robinson as a project. His off-field issues are more immature than illegal, and since he never got off on the right foot at LSU, a change of scenery may be the best thing for him.
Weight: 171 lbs.
40 Time: 4.43s
Short Shuttle: 4.44s
PRO COMPARISON: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants
FINAL GRADE: 6.49/9.00 (Round 2-3—Future Starter)