12/22/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Gerell Robinson had five 100-yard efforts in the final seven games of the regular season, including career highs with 11 catches for 199 yards vs. Arizona. The 6-4 senior ended the regular season with 1,156 receiving yards, which is the fourth-best total in school history. - The Sports Xchange
La?Diviosia Gerell Robinson was a top-20 receiver recruit out of high school, choosing Arizona State over Arizona, Oregon and Notre Dame. He saw little playing time in 2008 as a true freshman, recording 3 catches for 26 yards (8.7). Robinson became a part-time starter in 2009 as a sophomore with five starts, finishing with 26 catches for 261 yards (10.0). He saw more playing time in 2010 as a junior with seven starts, recording 29 receptions for 387 yards (13.3) and 5 touchdowns. Robinson had his best season in 2011 and set career-highs as the team?s leading receiver, finishing with 77 catches for a conference-best 1,397 yards (18.1) and 7 touchdowns, earning All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors.
Robinson made the most of his senior season setting career-highs in every receiving category and emerged as the team?s go-to target ? six 100-yd receiving performances including a bowl-record 241 yds in his final game. He is a big, long-striding athlete with good body control, but has marginal burst and plays stiff throughout his frame. Robinson grabbed the attention of NFL scouts with his 2011 production and will receive a chance because of his imposing size and natural athleticism, but he isn?t a natural hands-catcher and will need to vastly improve in this area if he wishes to survive in the NFL ? worth a late round flier.
Strengths: Presents a big target for his quarterback with a tall, large frame and long arms. Good body control to shield defenders and understands how to use his size to his advantage. Good athlete and does a nice job making something happen after the catch ? tough guy to bring down, especially if he has some room to get going. Aggressive when the ball is in the air and does a nice job in traffic ? very tough receiver. A physical red zone presence and creates mismatches against most defensive backs. Extremely productive as a senior, averaging 107.5 receiving yards per game and 18.1 yards per catch.
Weaknesses: A straight-line athlete with only average speed, lacking the wheels to run away from anyone at the next level ? struggles separating in tight coverage. Not a sudden player and looks sluggish at times ? lacks burst off the line of scrimmage. Tight-hipped and is forced to gear down, taking too long to redirect his momentum. Has shaky, inconsistent hands and fights the ball too much, allowing throws into his body. Doesn?t play with much football intelligence, with too many dumb penalties and mental errors. Was a one-year wonder in college with below average production his first three seasons at Arizona State.
NFL Comparison: Limas Sweed, NFL free agent
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