Tracks the football well down the field and has the deep speed to get behind NFL corners, but isn't real physical in jump ball situations. Can be easily outmuscled by corners and too often lets the ball get into his body. Lacks great body control when asked to stop on a dime and will drift some when trying to stop and adjust to the pass.
Does a much better job plucking the football in the underneath pass game. Locates the throw quickly, extends his arms and can quickly secure the catch. Displays some wiggle and lateral quickness with the ball in his hands. Gets up to speed quickly, can make a man miss and create after the catch. He's a tough kid who isn't afraid to work the middle of the field as well. Does a nice job maintaining concentration and securing the catch through the play.
Possesses good balance when asked to run sharply breaking routes. Can get out of his breaks at full speed, but does get a bit sloppy rounding off his breaks. However, does do a nice job straightening himself out and working back toward the play, shirking the angle defensive backs have to break on the throw. Has experience playing on the outside, but his frail frame really limits his ability to beat press coverage vs. more physical corners who want to get up into his grill, as he can easily be knocked off balance.
Impression: A slight, undersized wideout who can separate down the field as a vertical route runner, but looks limited to the slot. Plus, isn't overly physical when asked to go up and get the football, but has the skill set to separate from the slot and help out on special teams play as well."
Robinson played in nine games as a true freshman, catching 10 passes for 166 yards. He earned a starting role as a sophomore and finished with 59 receptions for 1,047 yards, and tied a school record with 11 touchdowns despite being suspended for the final two games for violating June Jones' "three strikes" rule (infractions relating to missing classes or tardiness to meetings). In his junior year, Robinson's numbers were reduced: 47 catches for 800 yards with five touchdowns.
Robinson is somewhat of a one-dimensional player, which is why he projects to the later rounds of the draft. He has made a lot of big plays in his time at SMU and has proven that he can be the go-to guy in an offense.
However, while his natural abilities are undeniable, he needs to prove that he can be a well-rounded receiver. With a small stature and a tendency to avoid physicality with defenders, Robinson needs to demonstrate he can compete against elite physical corners to get a chance to play at the next level.
Strengths: Very quick off the ball. Has great speed and is a vertical threat. Long strider. Combines aggressive hands, head fakes and a strong pressure step to win at the line of scrimmage. Accelerates quickly after the jam. Very effective on slant routes. Locates the ball very well in the air. Has reliable hands and looks the ball all the way in. Has good leaping ability and catches the ball at its highest point. Catches the ball in traffic despite lean frame.
Very good route runner and does a great job creating separation. Gets his body around quickly on comeback routes. Good zone awareness, knows how to find the soft spots. Gets upfield quickly after making the catch. Agile enough to weave through traffic to gain extra yards on screen passes. Patient blocker and does a great job staying square and keeping the defender in front of him. Keeps a wide base, uses his hands aggressively, with good knee bend when blocking.
Weaknesses: Long, lean frame that allows defenders to out-muscle him for the ball. Not very physical downfield, often tries to run around defensive backs. Tends to round his routes off instead of planting-and-driving. Does not sell the pass on running plays. Lacks sideline awareness, at times running out of room on out routes. Does a poor job securing the football after the catch and fails to tuck it away. Scouts will ask about 2008 suspension."
Positive: Small yet explosive receiver with the ability to stretch the field. Possesses tremendous quickness off the line, has a burst and immediately gets a top speed. Fast enough to beat defenders down the field on a consistent basis. Displays a sense of timing, lays out for the difficult reception and gives effort blocking. Sharp route runner and gets separation from defenders then comes back to the pass out of breaks. Always working to make himself an available target for the quarterback.
Negative: Lacks strong hands and cannot pull the fastball from the air. Loses focus, concentration and all too often has catchable passes slip through his hands. Loses out in battles. Does not get results blocking.
Analysis: Robinson is a small yet explosive receiver who is a legitimate deep threat. Will have an opportunity at the next level lining up in the slot yet must improve his body strength, pass catching consistency while keeping his speed."
Negatives: Very small, does not have the size to play effectively on the outside in the NFL... Has trouble with bigger corners, gets pushed off his routes... Was suspended for two games in 2008 for violation of team rules... More of a finesse player, lacks a physical side to his game... Limited run blocker due to his size and lack of brute strength... Stats may be deceiving after playing in June Jones' run-n-shoot offense at SMU... Has very short arms and small hands, will be a problem when asked to make plays down the field, also may have a difficult time securing hard thrown balls."
Strengths: Fast, agile, and cunning Wide Receiver. Finds the vacancies against zone coverage. Can catch and run, and might be a good punt returner. Had a breakout game against Rice this year, showcasing his route running and ability to get yards after the catch.
Weaknesses: Smallish, even for a WR. Lacks base and lower body strength. He's not the kind of guy who will break a lot of tackles. Won't take over the game, but a solid contributor.
Projection: Projecting Aldrick in round 3. He's been extremely productive in his 4-year career. Could be a true sleeper. He's a natural playmaker in a similar mold to NYG WR Steve Smith."
It was as a sophomore when Robinson came into his own. Fellow receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught more passes, but it was Robinson who became just the fourth receiver in SMU history to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark. On the year Robinson averaged an impressive 17.7 yards per catch and reached the end zone on 11 occasions. Robinson saw his numbers dip in 2009 as Sanders took on a bigger role, but Robinson still averaged 17.0 yards per catch and had 47 receptions.
Robinson saved his best season for last. The Mustangs' passing attack was extremely effective in 2010 and amazingly Robinson was third on the team with 60 receptions. However, he did lead the team in receiving yards with 1,225 and became the only player in SMU history to eclipse the 1,000 yard receiving mark in a season on two occasions. Robinson also added 13 touchdown receptions to his ever growing resume.
Robinson will turn some heads with his speed. That, along with his impressive collegiate production, should get him drafted. However, unless he shows NFL teams that he can get stronger in a hurry and perform well against tougher corners, he will likely stay in the later rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft."
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