04/30/2012 - Third-round pick Josh Robinson grew up in Sunrise, Fla., and went to Central Florida. In other words, he doesn't have a winter coat heading to Minneapolis. "I have never seen snow," he said. "I have seen a few flakes, but nothing ever big. So I know that will be another thing that I get to do." - The Sports Xchange
As the most conspicuous gold medal winner at the NFL's Annual Underwear Olympics known as the Scouting Combine, Robinson sent scouts and coaches back to game tapes to see what he is all about.
They already had some interest because he was a two-time All Conference USA first teamer with 10 interceptions and 36 passes broken up the last three seasons. But he demanded even more attention after clocking the Combine's fastest unofficial 40-yard time of 4.33 seconds. He also bested all defensive backs in the broad jump (11-1) and three-cone drill (6.55) and was third in the vertical jump at 38.5 inches.
"They told me I wouldn't be drafted in the top three rounds," Robinson said after his Indianapolis show. "So that gave me motivation. That made me want to prove that I could be drafted higher than that."
He convinced some people, evidence by his move from a fourth-round prospect to a second round possibility on this list.
POSITIVES: Possesses legitimate NFL cover skills. Has a quick, low backpedal with a fluid hip turn to cover receivers down the field. Has at least adequate straight-line speed and good balance, fluidity to change directions. Alert defender for zone coverage, showing good understanding of route progressions occuring behind him and a quick burst downhill to break on underneath passes in front of him. Very good hand-eye coordination and timing to knock passes away as the receiver attempts to secure the catch. Highly competitive. Raised his level of play against top competition. Emerged as a standout punt returner in 2010, earning honorable mention accolades by averaging 15.2 yards per return (ninth in the country) as a sophomore, though he did not return a punt for score over his career. Played in all 38 games of his UCF career and has had no known injuries.
NEGATIVES: Possesses only average height for the position. A bit high in his backpedal. Too often allows a free release to the receiver when in man-press coverage. Gets his hands on a lot of football but needs to do a better job of turning interception opportunities into actual interceptions, recording 10 despite breaking up 36 passes over his career. Struggled with fumbles as a punt returner, raising concerns about his ability to contribute in this role at the NFL level.