2017 NFL Draft

Robert Blanton, CB

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Matthews, NC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 208 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 5/139 - Robert Blanton, CB, 6-1, 208, Notre Dame...A tall corner who's the kind of hybrid type the Vikings covet. - The Sports Xchange

04/04/2012 - Speed thrills NFL scouts and a pair of Notre Dame players helped their professional aspirations considerably on Tuesday at the Irish Pro Day at the Loftus Sports Center. Nine former Notre Dame players took part in a variety of training drills, including two, cornerback Robert Blanton and linebacker Darius Fleming, that had the scouts from 27 of the 32 NFL teams smiling. Blanton and Fleming had strong times in the 40-yard dash, which can do nothing but help their potential to be signed by an NFL team later this year. Blanton ran a time of 4.53 seconds, which was beaten by just three safeties at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February. Among cornerbacks, Blanton's time would have tied for 12th. - Tom Davis, The News-Sentinel

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE WEDNESDAY: CB Robert Blanton, Notre Dame: Blanton style of play is aggressive. He doesn't shy from contact and succeeded multiple times rerouting receivers and getting in their heads a bit. He struggles mightily when left alone on an island in man coverage, but does a nice job in zone and should get a few looks at free safety. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/29/2011 - Scouting the Notre Dame pass defense: If you're into interesting numbers, try this: Florida State, with quarterback EJ Manuel, is 34th in the country in passing, while Notre Dame is No. 34 against the pass. This is where the ND defense is going to have to deliver if it intends to handle the Seminoles. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - Clearly, it is too early to know what Saturday's 31-13 upset of No. 15 Michigan State will mean to this Notre Dame football team. But one thing is certain: Being 1-2 and coming off an upset of a ranked team is a heck of a lot better than the alternative. "We stressed all week you have to make your own luck, and we did," coach Brian Kelly said after the big win. "They weren't lacking confidence, but sooner or later, you gotta get paid. You gotta be validated in what you do." Running back Cierre Wood ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns and caught six passes, the Fighting Irish got an 89-yard kickoff return from freshman George Atkinson III for another score, and cornerback Robert Blanton returned an interception 82 yards late to seal the deal. "We're 1-2 right now and we're not happy with it, but it's great to get a win," said defensive end Ethan Johnson, who recovered a fumble and stopped a fake field goal. "You have to enjoy the wins and get over the losses." - The Sports Xchange

09/20/2011 - Blanton's emergence as one of the stars of the Irish defense is no surprise to Kelly. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has two interceptions this season, giving him eight for his career, the most among active Notre Dame players. Last season, Blanton blocked a punt and returned it six yards in a season-turning victory over Utah. As a freshman in 2008, he picked off a pass against Purdue and took it back 47 yards for a score. "We felt very strongly about Robert Blanton coming into the season, that he would give us great play. I think he's exceeded everybody's expectations at this point," Kelly said. "He can do a lot of things for you: he can play safety, he can play corner, he can play nickel. As you know, last year he was a great special teams player." Blanton has speed and good timing and when the ball is in the air, and he's aggressive going after it. On a high throw, he seems to be able to find the football at the same time or even earlier than the receiver and then can battle him for it - often winning. "He's just got a swagger and a confidence about him that he carries with him, not only on the field but off the field as well," Kelly said. "I think that's very important when you play back there, that you have that kind of personality. He's a very confident young man in everything he does." - AP Sports

09/18/2011 - No surprises this time for Notre Dame. Just a victory that kept them out of an 0-3 hole and showed they can finish a game when they have a lead. The Irish used two touchdown runs from Cierre Wood, an electrifying 89-yard kickoff return from freshman George Atkinson III and a key late interception from Robert Blanton to beat No. 15 Michigan State 31-13 Saturday for their first win. "We wake up every morning and prepare to win," said Blanton, part of an Irish defense that limited the Spartans to 29 rushing yards and only a field goal in the second half. "We just had to show we could go out and get the job done." The Irish also showed they can stop a play off a fake field. The Spartans (2-1) stunned Notre Dame in overtime a year ago with a game-winning TD pass off a fake field goal and tried to surprise the Irish again after lining up for a field goal near the end of the first half. - AP Sports


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