The athletic Keenan Robinson is the latest in a line of decorated University of Texas linebackers to make the leap to the NFL level. He started 13 games as a senior, finishing as a Butkus Award semifinalist after totaling 106 tackles, 10 TFL, 1 sack, 2 FF.
He's a smooth athlete with above-average range and the ability to defend the pass. At 6'3" and 240, he projects to play inside in 3-4 scheme, or as a hit-and-run linebacker in a 4-3 defense. His physical talents and toughness figure to make him a factor on special teams at the next level, with the ability to hold up as well as cover in the kicking game.
Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash: 4.69 seconds. Bench Press: 27.0 reps. Broad Jump: 120.0". Vertical Jump: 35.5"
Pro Day: Robinson had a pro day that largely mirrored what was seen at the combine, as he participated in all of the drills and improved slightly upon his results.
What the Experts are Saying:
Positives: Handles misdirection well with quick change-of-direction ability. Comes downhill quickly against the run when he has an open lane. Gives effort between the tackles to find the ball and is willing to take on linemen. Flashes strength to punch or stiff-arm to get off blocks. Stays with plays downfield, often making tackles even after being hit by multiple linemen. Lacks pop and strength to anchor, though. Most effective when uncovered inside and chasing stretch plays to the sideline. Displays nice agility and awareness in coverage. Has the size and speed to be effective rushing the passer, but was not asked to do much of it at Texas. —CBSSports.com
Weaknesses: Robinson can get lazy at times because his speed allows him to play effortlessly. He struggles when rushing the passer and looks stunned when an offensive lineman gets his hands on him. Once blocked, he usually stays that way. He needs to come forward and deliver the blow first himself. —NFL.com
Robinson is still a year or so away from contributing regularly on defense at the NFL level. He has a chance to make an impact as a rookie special-teamer with the Washington Redskins. The Skins hope he can eventually can develop into a steady outside linebacker, although it's unlikely he'll ever be a star.
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