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Deciphering The Patrick Robinson Mystery

If you’re waking up this morning and just getting word that the Saints drafted Patrick Robinson, you’re probably scratching your head like most of us where last night. Who is this kid and why did the Saints pick him?

But, the more you look at the guy, the more he may start to grow on you.

Patrick Robinson is a 5-11 CB from Florida State. He’s from Florida so you know he’s got speed. His cover skills are definitely first round worthy if you get to watch him on film. He has a great set of physical tools- speed, quick bursts, strength- to become a top flight CB in the league. Teams threw his direction less often last year than in previous years. He is pretty decent in run support but has good awareness and will use his speed to get to the ball.

However, the biggest knock on this guy is his inconsistency.. He’ll have a great game one week, and take off for the next couple. You can not simply do that in the NFL. But, I think he is in a good spot with the Saints, a team with a fun system to play defense in, especially if you like to take risks and break on balls like Robinson does. And, they are the defending Super Bowl champs, so there is a lot of good character all around and a commitment to doing what it takes to win.

Robinson is a great one on one CB, something that will prove useful considering the Saints like to run a lot of man on man coverage once Gregg Williams starts dialing in blitzes.

He has the benefit of learning the ropes under a set of veteran corners and a youngster in Malcolm Jenkins who was in Robinson’s shoes last season. Robinson may work his way into the lineup this season as a nickel or dime CB. This could allow Jenkins to work more at safety, a position many feel he is better suited for in the NFL.

Having Darren Sharper around would be a great boost for the Saints, not only for his play on the field, but also for his veteran leadership. He understands what Gregg Williams wants out of his players and his scheme, putting Robinson in position to succeed in the scheme. Robinson, like Sharper, is great at recognizing routes and jumping them. And besides, isn’t it nice to have a safety blanket like Sharper behind you in case your gamble doesn’t pay off?

This is definitely a boom or bust pick for the Saints. He could develop into a top flight shutdown CB once he can become more consistent from play to play. Or he could not. The talent is there, but is the desire there too? It was a gamble for the Saints to pick him in the first round. But then again, the Saints have been known to take risks before and succeeded.

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