04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 4/119 -- Keenan Robinson, LB, 6-3, 242 Texas...A starting outside linebacker the past three seasons, Robinson will move inside in Washington where the only truly experienced player is three-time Pro Bowl pick London Fletcher, who turns 37 next month. - The Sports Xchange
Robinson joins fellow senior linebacker Emmanuel Acho to give Texas its second top 150-prospect duos at the second level in the past three years; Sergio Kindle (second round, 43rd overall, Baltimore) and Roddrick Muckelroy (4th, 131st, Cincinnati).
As a redshirt freshman, Robinson led the Longhorns with 10 special teams tackles and saw time on defense as a reserve (24 tackles, two for loss, pass break-up). He then earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors by starting every game as a sophomore, posting 74 tackles, five for loss and 1.5 sacks, and five PBUs. Robinson produced enough in 2010 (96 tackles, eight for loss, two sacks, two interceptions) to again earn honorable mention notice from league coaches, as well as second-team all-conference honors from the Associated Press.
Robinson shined in Texas' 2010 matchup against Oklahoma (as did Acho), making 19 tackles, including 10 solo stops and two behind the line of scrimmage.
If Robinson can use his size/speed combination to its fullest by improving his tackling consistency, he could turn out to be one of the better true 4-3 linebacker prospects in this draft. Stepped forward as a leader through his words and actions during his college career. Good student in the classroom and the film room.
Positives: Handles misdirection well with quick change-of-direction ability. Comes downhill quickly against the run when he has an open lane. Gives effort between the tackles to find the ball and is willing to take on linemen. Flashes strength to punch or stiff-arm to get off blocks. Stays with plays downfield, often making tackles even after being hit by multiple linemen. Lacks pop and strength to anchor, though. Most effective when uncovered inside and chasing stretch plays to the sideline. Displays nice agility and awareness in coverage. Has the size and speed to be effective rushing the passer, but was not asked to do much of it at Texas.
Negatives: Possesses average instincts. More likely to make plays with quick reactions than by diagnosing. Lacks elite quickness and change-of-direction ability to handle NFL slot receivers after initial contact. Does not blow up targets. Many inside tackles are catch-and-drags, which will be more difficult to make at the next level. Plays upright. Ducks his head and fails to wrap up at times. Inconsistent in giving full effort to be the second man in on the play. Must learn to use hands to beat blocks.