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CB Josh Robinson: Scouting Report

Round 3: Pick 66

Josh Robinson
College: Central Florida
Position: Cornerback
Height/Weight: 5’10/199 lbs.

Scouting Reports

Eric Galko
Optimum Scouting
Final Grade: 7.5/10

Robinson saw his stock sore at the NFL Combine, even pushing him up to the 1st round discussion, but he has much more value in the early to middle rounds that follow. His Combine testing numbers, though rare and very impressive, actually do reflect his game in many ways. He has outstanding vertical ability, closes quickly on routes as he reacts, and has the speed to run with all types of receivers. His ball skills are among the best in the draft, as he tracks the ball, leaves his feel with great balance and control, and naturally catches the ball in traffic. He does play soft throughout his coverage, giving far too much cushion and not using his hands downfield to deter the route. He can be out-bodied consistently by receivers will to get physical, and doesn’t close with force on inside, underneath routes. He lacks great timing and confidence in his cuts, and needs to polish up his footwork and transitions fundamentally, as that could further improve his development in off-man coverage. His lack of physicality is worrisome, as he may be limited to more of off-coverage only to start with some slot cornerback ability thanks to his quickness and fluidity. If he can clean up footwork and feel more confident in his athleticism to get tighter in coverage, he has the potential and athleticism to be a top notch cornerback in the NFL. Until then, he’s limited to 3rd down outside cornerback ability and may never be anything more without time.


Dane Brugler

A three-year starter, Josh Robinson was a three-star CB recruit out of HS, choosing UCF over Michigan and South Florida. He earned a starting spot early in his career as a true freshman in 2009 (13 gp/11 st), finishing with 69 tkls, 1.0 tfl, 8 pbu and 6 INTs (1 returned for a score), earning Second Team All-CUSA honors. Robinson started every game in 2010 as a sophomore (13 gp/13 st), recording 60 tkls, 0.5 tfl, 13 pbu, 1 FR (returned for a score) and 2 INTs, earning First Team All-CUSA honors. He again started every game in 2011 as a junior (12 gp/12 st), finishing with 48 tkls, 15 pbu, 1 FF and 2 INTs (1 returned for a score), earning First Team All-CUSA honors. Robinson decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

STRENGTHS: Robinson is a fluid athlete with very good natural speed and smooth acceleration to easily gear down and burst to top speed. He is smooth in his backpedal and stays low out of his stance, doing a nice job opening his hips to quickly change directions and make a play on the ball – swivel hips and doesn’t play tight. Robinson shows good reaction timing in coverage – very good anticipation. He shows very good awareness and focus to be opportunistic along with above average ballskills (10 career INTs – 2 TDs). Robinson is highly competitive and goes for the big play – not timid when the ball is in the air. He doesn’t back down vs. the run and throws his body around – physical and looks for the big hit. Robinson has good starting experience as a three-year starter (36 career starts). He was productive at the college level and contributed as a return man – 23.5 avg on KR and 13.1 avg on PR.

WEAKNESSES: Robinson has only average size for the position and lacks ideal height for the next level. He has very average strength and power, lacking the physical nature to be aggressive at the LOS. Robinson lacks the sudden footwork to quickly redirect, struggling to recover after false steps. He can be caught with his eyes in the backfield and flat-footed, allowing receivers to get past him. Robinson is overaggressive, biting on fakes and too often going for the big play – needs to stay disciplined. He needs to consistently wrap to finish tackles and finish plays.

OVERALL: Robinson was highly recruited by the SEC and Big Ten, but spurned those offers to stay close to home at UCF where he found the field quickly and produced – led the CUSA in INTs as a true frosh. He doesn’t have ideal height/strength for the position, lacking physical nature. Robinson has blazing speed and fluid body control with the heady instincts to quickly locate and attack – not an elite talent, but a very good CB with starting potential if he shakes a few bad habits.


Josh Norris

Doesn’t have that click and close mentality on underneath routes, leaves too much separation in off coverage. Loses sideline responsibility when closing on screens. Lots of off coverage man, immediately back pedals on snap, plenty of room for WR. Choppy footwork and can flip his hips quickly, needs to add physical element during routes. Has plenty of speed and closing burst why give so much ground? One step plant and cut, hesitates once at tackle point though. Just an adequate tackler, loses edge responsibility too often. Plays the ball in the air very well, acrobatic high points. See him best as a slot corner bc of quicks.



Vikings went with the best available corner in the 3rd round and I like the speed that Robinson will add to the secondary. I think he will be able to come in and compete right away, also could be possible starter accross from Cook if he can clean up somethings. Good value with Robinson falling to the 3rd round and the Vikings have made solid additions to a poorus secondary.



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2 Responses to “CB Josh Robinson: Scouting Report”

  1. Trip says:

    I’m ok with the pick. He was one of a few higher rated CBs on the board when the Vikes chose and has the potential to be a good player. I doubt he’ll see much time at CB this season (unless we’re hit by injuries again) but hopefully he can learn a lot and be ready to step up next year. Grade B

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