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Saints Draft Update: With The 32nd Pick Saints Take CB Patrick Robinson


The words that rolled out of Drew Brees mouthed when he announced the Saints pick was not what Saints fans expected to hear, CB Patrick Robinson Florida State.

A corner, really??! That is the first thought of most followed by, what about defensive tackle or linebacker? Those are more pressing needs than corner for the Saints surely but apparently the Saints had Robinson graded higher than anyone else there.

Looking in to the pick it kinda makes sense with the current uncertainty surrounding free safety Darren Sharper and if he will return or not for the 2010-2011 season.

If Sharper does not return than 2009 first round draft pick Malcolm Jenkins will surely be moved to free safety from corner were many scouts felt he would become and instant Pro Bowler.

That leaves the Saints down a corner which is where Robinson comes in. Is this an indication of things to come?

Robinson is perhaps the best natural corner in the draft but slipped to 32nd because of inconsistent play according to scouts, however he has a great mixture of size and speed posing a 4.38 forty time at his pro day which he states is a slow time for him.

A better man coverage corner than a zone Robinson shines when he is able to use his “lanky” arms to jam receivers on the line and knock them off their route and is an efficient wrap up tackler able to make the stop in the open field with ease.

In four seasons as a Seminole Robinson recorded 112 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 28 pass deflections, 4 forced fumbles and 7 total interceptions. Robinson is also a threat at returning kicks averaging 24 yards a return from 2008 to 2009.

Robinson most likely will not push starters Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer for playing time but will surely compete for playing time in nickel and dime packages maybe even surpassing Randall Gay for the third corner spot.

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