I almost gave Craig Robertson a higher grade, if only for that more-than-reasonable cap hit. But I couldn’t keep throwing around A-‘s.
Robertson started off the year as a special teams player and backup WLB for the oft-injured Dannell Ellerbe. And when Ellerbe went down early in the offseason, it looked like the Saints investment would pay off quick.
Robertson played very well at WLB in Ellerbe’s stead. To be honest, I think he had his strongest stretch of play at that position. But when it became clear that Laurinaitis’s lack of athleticism hurt the defense too much, Dennis Allen moved Robertson over to MLB. Despite what appears to be a somewhat crippling shoulder injury, Robertson carried out those duties for the rest of the year.
The Saints coaching staff seems very comfortable with Robertson’s ability to quarterback the defense. He’s an asset in run support and against the pass. He can sometimes struggle to evade and disengage from blocks, and his athletic range may suit him better as a WLB, or even possibly a SLB. But until the Saints have viable starting candidate, he can make due as the MLB.