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New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson: Underrated and Building


After being chosen by the Saints in the first round of the 2010 draft, right cornerback Patrick Robinson saw some opportunity, playing in eleven games as a rookie and even acting as starter in four of the games.

But what is really impressive is how much Robinson grew last season, turning into quite a dominant player. The crusade began gradually , as we all remember his “slippery” footwork on the field of Lambeau, granting Green Bay Packer’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers to finish with a 158.3 quarterback rating.

Throughout the 2011 season he hastily remedied his game plan and completed the season, playoffs included, allowing quarterbacks to complete with just a 65.8 percent rating against him.

That makes him the ninth best cornerback in the NFL who played 60 percent of the defenses snaps. Let’s compare that to former cornerback Tracy Porter. He granted quarterbacks a 100.4 percent rating in throws against his playing area.

Some of Robinson’s pros are his speed and agility, which makes him a terrific weapon in the passing game. One of his cons is his run defense and this is his area of concern to improve in the 2012 season.

Robinson, now seasoned with two years playing experience and under the wings of Ken Flajole, should have an explosive year playing in the No. 1 cornerback spot now that Porter has taken his talents to the Denver Broncos.