The New Orleans Saints have a thing for undrafted running backs. Guys like Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, Travaris Cadet have all had an impact on the team after going undrafted.
Is Khiry Robinson next in line?
Draft gurus are certainly familiar with Robinson, a name many predicted would be a late-round gem out of West Texas A&M. 2012 was kind to Robinson has he rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 15 touchdowns while maintaining a very impress 6.6 yards per carry average.
It’s hard to peg down exactly why Robinson went undrafted, but a smart guess would be his lack of playing against quality competition.
Still, there’s a reason the Saints showed interest.
Robinson is a stout back at 6’0″ and 215 pounds. He fits perfectly with the offense in New Orleans thanks to his very impressive pass-blocking skills and his ability to catch passes out of the backfield with ease. It’s also worth noting that he is a very bruising runner in the physical form of a Chris Ivory or Marshawn Lynch.
The Saints appear set at running back without Robinson around thanks to the likes of Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Cadet.
Robinson still has a shot.
If Robinson can prove in the preseason he has what it takes to transition his well-round skill set to the next level he’ll make the roster. Not many running backs can tout such reliability in all phases of the game, hence a committee approach by most of the league.
Watch Robinson closely this preseason. He’s from a small school but the every trait he possesses is likeable and could allow him to make an impact.