Golden got Robinson's talent on the field right away, playing him in all 12 games and starting him at defensive end the final three contests (20 tackles, 1.5 TFL, sack). Robinson's break-out sophomore season earned him MAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades after racking up 13 sacks and forcing five fumbles. Though his numbers were down in his junior season (38 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles), league coaches saw enough of his game to once again name him first-team All-MAC.
Though Robinson is listed as a defensive end, Temple coaches have played him all over the field. In addition to rushing the passer with his hand on the ground, Robinson played outside the tackle, over the tight end, and at the second level in a stack. New defensive coordinator Chuck Heater may play him as a more traditional 4-3 end like he did Jermaine Cunningham and other undersized ends while at Florida, but the versatility Robinson showed during his career may push 3-4 teams looking for powerful linebackers to select him early in the 2012 draft.
Read & React: Smart player who seems to read nearly play correctly. Makes it tough for backs to get outside of him to find the sideline. Aware in zone coverage, reads the quarterback and his receivers' routes well to make plays on the ball.
Run Defense: Assignment-sure run defender. Keeps containment on either side of the line, stays in athletic position until he's sure play is away. Does not bite on misdirection. Stands ground, extends arms to keep away much bigger lineman to rip off and make the stop or at least maintain outside leverage, force plays inside.
Pass Defense: Adept working in coverage whether standing up or dropping from three-point stance. Takes good angle to cover his zone. Cognizant of tight ends releasing into the flat, sticks to them like glue. Reads quarterbacks' eyes, closes on passes to seemingly open receivers in zone with length and hustle. Good hand-eye coordination to knock down passes on the run but lacks great hands for the interception.
Tackling: Strong, physical tackler with long, thick arms. Strong lower body helps stop ballcarriers in their tracks. Flashes a strong punch and violent hands to shed blocker and make the stop when at the nine-technique spot. Gives effort to get downfield to help teammates even if starting the play with his hand down, though he does not often make the tackle. Inconsistent avoiding cut blocks, will jump the blocker but does not defeat them with his hands. Out-quicked by elusive ball-carriers as he lacks exceptional speed.
Pass Rush/Blitz: Active pass rusher with good motor to the quarterback. Good first step and displays some bend when rushing with his hand on the ground but does not beat better tackles around the corner and can get pushed to the ground. Flashes spin move to get inside lane or around the outside of slower tackles. Does not have elite closing speed, gets most of his sacks from secondary rush. Gets his hands up to block passes if blocked, despite his lack of height, due to length and vertical.
Intangibles: Coaches extol Robinson's love of the game and his work ethic in the weight room and the practice field. Team player who competes and fulfills his assignments."
However, isn't real long limbed, wastes a step too often off the snap and doesn't eat up a ton of grass initially off the snap. Extends his arms well into contact and uses his inside arm well to gain leverage, create a little space toward the corner and then drops his pad level under opposing tackles.
However, outside of a sudden spin move he uses in order to counter back inside off his speed rush he doesn't exhibit much in the form of a change of pace move back inside. He's not overly quick or sudden either when trying to keep himself clean and there is no real explosive element to his game when asked to close.
Struggles with stronger lineman who are able to get into his frame as he lacks the power/length to disengage. Works a very average bull rush, has some initial pop, but just doesn't have the type of power to overwhelm.
Possesses decent depth on his drop into coverage when asked to play the pass. However, isn't the most fleet of foot prospects and has a tough time quickly changing directions and creating a burst laterally. Has an average feel in coverage, but doesn't cover a ton of ground. Can coil up into his stance and fire off the ball low in the run game.
Will gain leverage into contact and can push tight ends into the backfield. However, when asked to set the perimeter, has a tough time holding the point vs. the tight end and can be walked down the field. Isn't real long armed and lacks the base strength to anchor and shed when run at consistently.
Displays a good motor though, works hard in all areas of the game and despite his averaging closing burst will work hard form the backside.
Impression: A shorter, stout kid who works hard, can bend around the edge and uses his hands well to keep himself clean. However, there are no dynamic qualities to his game that makes me think he will ever be anything more than a reserve only in the NFL."
Has natural leverage and flashes initial quickness and closing burst, but lacks bulk strength and gets eaten up vs. the run.
Slow to shed and can do a better job of protecting his legs.
Eyes and instincts are off.
Best trait is pass-rush ability, but is not special enough to overlook his limitations."
When on his game is an explosive edge rusher with a very quick first step and the ability to drop his pad level and flatten out to turn the corner, as well as can plant and change direction on the fly; former high school wrestling star also does a nice job shedding blockers;
Also has solid fundamentals, plays under control and carries out his assignments; not all that big for a down DE, but plays big enough and is solid defending the run, but will struggle to anchor on plays right at him; slumped last year as he appeared tentative at times and hesitated too often to find the ball first rather tha n firing upfield."
Robinson projects as a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 strong side or SAM linebacker. Even when he isn't pass-rushing, he can mix it up well by staying at home and sealing the running lanes very well. Robinson has a really great spin move and can accelerate quickly out of it.
In 2009, he had 13 sacks and garnered a lot of attention, but fell off in 2010 with only 3.5 sacks. Robinson continues to improve, but he's simply not the first or second round talent many had anticipated after his huge 2009 season.
He sometimes gets too wide on the edge, creating big gaps for running backs on draws and delays. Although he has a good change of direction, he has trouble reading the play and reacting fast to make the right adjustment. Right now, he's a bit undersized and will need to bulk up from top to bottom."