04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Giants picks: Round 4/127 - Adrien Robinson, TE, 6-4, 264, Cincinnati...Primarily a blocking tight end with limited experience as a receiver. Team hopes he flourishes under the tutelage of tight ends coach Mike Pope. - The Sports Xchange
After playing for the first high school in Indiana history to play in four consecutive state title games, Robinson took his immense natural gifts to Cincinnati.
After redshirting in 2007, Robinson played in seven games and recorded one catch the next season. His role increased in 2009, playing in 10 games and catching 10 passes for 174 yards.
Robinson played in just nine games and caught six passes as a junior, before rebounding last season with career highs of 12 catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
Those numbers wouldn't normally get on the NFL radar, but Robinson blew up his pro day with 40-yard dash times of 4.51 and 4.58 seconds and added a 39.5-inch vertical jump and an 11'3" broad jump.
Robinson has all the measurables NFL scouts are looking for in tight ends. However, his production in college certainly doesn't match his raw physical skills. At this point he's a developmental prospect, but one with a very high ceiling if he can make the adjustment to the NFL.
Strengths: Long-armed, lanky athlete with the frame to handle additional muscle mass without losing his impressive straight-line speed. Has the burst to challenge down the seam and accelerate past linebackers. Good lateral agility to create some burst out of his breaks. Showcases the hand-eye coordination to snatch the ball outside of his frame. Former prep basketball player who generally catches the ball with his hands. Willing blocker with developing strength. Turned heads with a strong Pro Day workout after not being invited to the 2012 Scouting Combine.
Weaknesses: Was never a featured target in Cincinnati's offense and only became a starter as a senior. Provides effort as a blocker has limited functional upper body strength and allows shorter defenders to move him due to his lack of leverage. A developmental prospect who may be a year or more away from contributing.