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Lions Draft Prospect: Josh Robinson

If no top flight cornerback is available at 23, lets hope the stock on Josh Robinson does not soar too much. If he is still there at the bottom of the 3rd or near the top of the 4th, I feel he is a steal considering his athleticism jumps off of the tape, and his measurables are comparable to Darrelle Revis. His size/weight/drills are very comparable if not better. The only knock I can see on Robinson is that he was primarily a zone cover corner in college. If he can improve his man coverage instincts, he has the size and speed to hang with the top receivers in this league. Our coaches have done a good job thus far coaching up our middle and later round picks and I see a potential number one corner with Aaron Berry being our number 2 in the coming years. With the rookie pay scale, by the time that Robinson and Berry are considered "fully developed", the huge contracts of Suh, CJ, KVB, and Stafford are not quite so painful. Thus if Mayhew makes a solid move or two in gaining us additional draft picks, I see nothing wrong with taking Robinson in the 3rd. He has nickel ability coming out and should push Berry for playing time in the rotation as Mayhew is shopping Phonz.


In watching some footage of games with Robinson, his man coverage game needs a year or two to fully mature and step in when Houston is either gone or his game declines. Berry should be a capable starter in another year or two as well. You could have a cheap pair of quality corners that allows you to maintain a monster defensive front and keep some of our quality pieces together on both sides of the ball for a strong Super Bowl run in the next few years. I would love a top flight corner to fall to us too at 23, but I see Robinson in the 3rd/4th being a high probability. I even hope his stock takes a shortened fall so that he would be available to us in the lower portion of the 4th. His original stock is 5th round but I can see his stock rising to low 3rd/middle to high 4th. His measurables are comparable to corners taken in the 1st round the last 5 years. I hope Mayhew can land us a couple of draft picks to free up some cap space and possibly land this guy so we don't let another one slip through the cracks.

Per NFL.com here is his scouting report:

STRENGTHS: Robinson has displayed superb zone skills. Aside from length, where he is only average, he has all the traits sought after in a zone corner. Not as polished in man, he can run with receivers in the open field and will likely run in the 4.4 range at the combine (Officially timed at 4.33, some clocks as quick as 4.29). A reliable tackler in run support.

WEAKNESSES: Robinson struggled at times playing man coverage. He will hesitate at times when diagnosing throws or trying to read his man's hips, and will guess on jumping routes which could be a risk at the next level. Struggles to make plays in run support after shedding his man, and will need to be more assertive in that area of his game.


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