2017 NFL DRAFT

Rashard Robinson, CB

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 171 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
141164-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.492.65-- 35 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.392.651.62- 35 1/210'1"--

Player Overview

Robinson has not played organized football since being suspended indefinitely by LSU coach Les Miles following multiple violations of team rules. He ultimately did not enroll in spring classes in 2015, essentially dropping out of the program and did not play football again before declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft.

It has been a tumultuous path for Robinson, who was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, but had his initial acceptance by LSU in 2013 scrutinized by the NCAA, giving him only one week of practice by the team before he was officially ruled academically eligible.

He started two of 12 games played as a true freshman that year, finishing with 16 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception. Robinson played in eight games with six started in 2014 and finished with 17 tackles and one pass breakup.

He petitioned Miles and the school to allow him to remain with the program, but did not travel with the team to the Music City Bowl following the 2014 season due to academic issues.

Jefferson would never play for the Tigers again, despite a report in January 2015 that he intended to re-enroll at the school last fall with a goal of rejoining the football program in 2016. He returned to Pompano Beach, Fla., where he continued to work out and ultimately announced on Jan. 7 that he would enter the NFL Draft via his Facebook page.

"After much prayer thought and consideration over the past months and deliberation with my family I have decided to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft," Robinson posted.

"I would like to especially thank my family, coaches, teammates, Tiger nation and all of the many other supporters who have encouraged me throughout my journey. God Bless you all! My veins will always pump Purple & Gold #GeauxTigers #ForeverLSU"

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall, lanky corner with the imposing wingspan, tenacity and fluid acceleration to excel in outside coverage duties. Surprisingly agile for a player with his high-cut frame, showing the loose hips to change directions and accelerate in a flash.

Accelerates smoothly and possesses very good straight-line speed overall, especially for a cornerback with his height. Uses his length and a physical pop at the line of scrimmage to knock receivers off their routes and isn't afraid to ride opponents throughout the route. Rips at the ball as it arrives, showing the hand-eye coordination and strength to rip the ball away.

Started as a true freshman on a team loaded with NFL-caliber athletes.

WEAKNESSES: Hasn't played organized football since 2014 and has only 18 total games of collegiate action, including just eight starts. Wiry frame lacking the strength and mass preferred in the NFL. Has string-beans for legs and a high-cut frame, overall, which leaves him vulnerable in coverage to smaller, quicker receivers.

Reliant on his length and sporadic punches to knock receivers off of their routes. Too often mistimes his contact with receivers, likely leading to penalties for pass interference in the NFL. Too willing to let teammates do the dirty work in run support, leaving LSU with just 34 career tackles.

Comes with lots of character red flags. Was suspended indefinitely midway through the 2014 season for multiple violations of team rules (reportedly including unlawful entry into a teammate's apartment) and was not enrolled in spring 2015 classes, essentially dropping out. Saw his initial acceptance by LSU in 2013 scrutinized by the NCAA, giving him only one week of practice by the team before he was officially ruled academically eligible.

IN OUR VIEW: A standout as a true freshman, Robinson possesses the combination of size, athleticism and experience in a pro-style defense to earn significant draft consideration even though he has missed the last year and a half due to multiple suspensions. His length, agility and tenacity will be especially valued by teams looking for outside press corners.

--Rob Rang (2/13/16)

 
 
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