04/29/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 3. CB Nickell Robey, USC (5-7, 169, 4.53)...Robey started every game the past three seasons for the Trojans with steady production, finishing his college career with seven interceptions. He has only average speed, but the reason why he went undrafted is something out of his control: his height. If only a few inches taller, Robey would have been an early-round pick. But at just 5-7??", NFL teams weren't willing to take the chance. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/2013 - 2013 USC Pro Day: Nickell Robey, CB (5-7 5/8, 172) - Robey ran the 40 in 4.35 and 4.44 seconds. He had a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.42 seconds. He didn't do the three-cone drill at USC's pro day (he did have an official time of 6.74 seconds at the combine). Robey had 11 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 USC Pro Day: Reserve safety Drew McAllister also helped his cause with a strong effort during positional drills, showing similar ball skills as his more well-known former teammate. This wasn't the case for cornerback Nickell Robey, however, who dropped several potential "interceptions" in drills. Robey wowed scouts with a 40.5-inch vertical jump Wednesday morning but he didn't use his explosiveness when it mattered most, often leaping as the ball arrived only to catch the ball at chest-level or lower. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: Every one of the 10 underclassmen cornerbacks invited to the combine will have to prove that they are as tall as listed by their respective universities. Measuring in even half an inch shorter than expected can result in a player's stock plummeting, especially considering that only one cornerback was drafted a year ago who measured shorter than 5-10. That player was former Georgia star Brandon Boykin, who came in at 5-9 1/2 and slid to the fourth round after being listed at 5-10 by the Bulldogs.
As such, Southern Cal junior Nickell Roby is fighting history. While much more aggressive than his listed size (5-8, 165) might indicate, the simple reality is that many teams simply will not consider a cornerback of his size in today's NFL... If he were to measure in bigger than expected, however, Roby could see his chances at hearing his name called "grow" significantly. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/14/2013 - Nickell Robey created another huge hole in USC's secondary Sunday when he announced his intention to declare for the NFL draft rather than return for his senior season. Robey, USC's top cornerback, had one interception and 52 total tackles in 2012. The Trojans must also replace both starting safeties, T.J. McDonald and Jawanza Starling, who were seniors this season.
On his Twitter account, Robey expressed his appreciation for USC and wrote a shorthand version of "Thanks for everything.'' USC's athletics department also tweeted that Robey had declared for the draft, following an initial report by the Los Angeles Times about Robey's intention. The ability to financially support family members is believed to be highly important to Robey, whose mother died during his senior year of high school.
It seemed clear that Robey had been leaning toward going pro. Last month, Robey said he would only consider leaving USC if his draft evaluation projected him as a first- or second-round pick. But when the evaluation tabbed Robey as a fourth-round pick at best, he didn't immediately announce his return to USC.
NFL teams might question Robey because of his size - he's listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds - but USC's opponents rarely tested him this season, in part because of his solid play but also because the Trojans struggled all season to find a reliable cornerback to play opposite Robey. - Rich Hammond, The Orange County Register
01/13/2013 - As it turns out, Southern Cal cornerback Nickell Roby is heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, after all. The three-year starter had unofficially announced his intentions nearly two weeks ago on Facebook but after missing a critical tackle in the open field which directly led to a touchdown in USC's loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, he'd appeared to be waffling on his decision. Roby erased any confusion Sunday night about his future plans, confirming with Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times that he'd already informed USC head coach Lane Kiffin of his decision.
"He respected my decision," Robey said. "It's a business decision, like any other important decision I've made my whole life. "It's the best thing for my family and for me."
Roby, who earned second-team All Pac-12 honors as a junior despite intercepting just one pass in 2012, has developed a reputation as a feisty and extremely athletic cover corner. He started every game for the Trojans over the past three seasons after signing with the team as a highly regarded prep prospect out of Frostproof, Fla. He earned honorable-mention all-conference honors as a true freshman in large part due to his four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. Roby had two more interceptions as a sophomore, including one off of Stanford's Andrew Luck. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/13/2013 - Roby's quickness, ball skills, tenacity and success against high caliber competition are certainly intriguing but he could be waiting later on draft weekend than expected, nonetheless. In an era in which football teams frequently exaggerate the size of their prospects, Roby is officially listed by USC at 5-8, 165 pounds. He's much tougher than his size would seem to indicate and has averaged nearly 55 tackles a season over his career, but for most teams his small stature makes him strictly a nickel cornerback, limiting his value.
As such, Roby was given a "day three" or Rounds 4-7 projection from the NFL Advisory Committee, according to several reports. Roby's height is an undeniable factor that will limit his draft grade, but he could see a boost over the coming months once he is able to show off his athleticism. An accomplished sprinter and long jumper on the USC track team, Roby could light up the Combine. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND-TEAM: DB Nickell Robey, Jr., USC...has been selected Second Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. - USC football
10/07/2012 - CB Nickell Robey had a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Utah. It was his third career interception return for a score, tying a USC record.
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Nickell Robey, CB, USC, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club
07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Nickell Robey, Southern California CB, Jr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. - The Jim Thorpe Association
07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Nickell Robey, USC, CB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. - The Maxwell Football Club