When the New Orleans Saints selected cornerback Patrick Robinson in 2010 NFL Draft during the first round, many figured Head Coach Sean Payton knew something we didn’t. I’m still wondering.
I had never heard of Patrick Robinson until the night of the draft and was a bit surprised by the pick. However, I didn’t want to judge too early so I waited to see him develop. I’m still waiting.
Robinson became Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams “whipping boy”. The year before, safety Malcolm Jenkins was it and he has turned out to be stellar in the backfield. I figured the same would happen for Robinson.
He saw limited playing time during his rookie season last year and was only brought in on a few plays. He also saw some action when there was injuries to cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer.
Robinson was also utilized in special teams which is usually where every rookie cuts their teeth on. At the end of the season, he really didn’t impress me too much and just chalked it up to newbie jitters.
When training camp started for the 2011 season, I had a good feeling about Robinson and was eager to hear about his progress. When media reports came in, I wasn’t disappointed.