West Virginia (XFL)
Games Evaluated: XFL 2019 Vs: DC Defenders, Houston Roughnecks 2018 Vs: Oklahoma
Report By: Roy Countryman
Deep Speed: 7.50
Quality athlete who is at his best sitting back as the deep third safety scanning the field like an eagle on pray. He has very good straight-line speed and takes sound pursuit angles to get himself in a strong position to secure the tackle or make a play on the ball. He is smooth and balanced in his backpedal and does not display any hitch in his transition to a trail position. He has very good closing quickness to enhance his processing skills which allows him to gravitate to the ball quickly. Not an overly explosive athlete rather a quality all-around athlete.
COVERAGE ABILITY: 7.44
Man Press: 7.20
Man Off: 7.50
Hand Fighting: 7.20
Hips/Turn Ability: 7.50
Great coverage ability whether in man or zone. He uses his speed, lateral agility, and play recognition to put himself in positions of strength. In man coverage, he has the length and speed to carry coverage downfield on WRs and TEs and will be physical with them throughout the catch point. In zone is where he truly shines as he sits back at FS and scans the field and then closes to the ball with a high rate of success. Can be fooled by play action though and nuanced QBs can bait him into jumping underneath routes while WRs get behind him. He is able to backpedal and transition without losing much speed and stays balanced throughout which doesn't allow his assignment much time to separate.
Closing Quickness: 7.80
Ball Skills: 8.00
Route/Play Diagnosis: 8.00
Great closing quickness when the ball is in the air and will attack the ball at its apex with ferocity. Willing to fight through WRs to break up passes. Is a natural ballhawk who has soft hands and an understanding of when to time up his break on passes. Is able to quickly able to process route concepts and react in short order.
RUN SUPPORT: 7.00
Quickness Upfield: 7.50
Fight Through Blocks: 7.00
Takes quality pursuit angles and shows no hesitation coming down in run support. The effort is evident when engaged with blockers and can slip past blockers with quickness rather than with sheer strength. His tackling technique is inconsistent at this point. At times he will come down and break down in space and secure the tackle and others he will simply try to dive at the feet of the offensive player or try to lay a big hit led to a number of broken tackles.
No qualms about his toughness on the field or off, after an offseason that included him being expelled from West Virginia due to a student code of conduct violation and then his mother was diagnosed with cancer. He chose to sign with the XFL in order to care for his mother and they also paid for him to continue classes. He had two seasons of great turnover production as an FS while at West Virginia with 7 INTs over his last two years there. He also was tied for second in the XFL at the time it closed down with 2 INT. Highly motivated and focused player willing to put in the work and effort for his teammates.
Great instincts as a pass defender due to his play recognition and ability to process route concepts quickly. He was able to play both FS and SS while at West Virginia and was able to pick up the Battlehawks alternating two-deep, single-high looks with ease. He is a terrific pre-snap communicator and will help his teammates align correctly. Willing to sell out his body for the team and will contribute in any way a coaching staff asks of him including playing on special teams.
Ballhawking FS who has the instincts, closing quickness, and ball skills to be a turnover magnet at the next level. Overcame a rough last year with all kinds of obstacles to put himself back into a position to be draft. Willing and able run defender who takes strong pursuit angles. Is not afraid to fight off blocks to corral ball carriers.
He needs to gain consistency with his tackling mechanics as they are the only trait holding him back from being an elite level FS. He has a bad tendency to go for the big hit or dive at the ball carrier’s ankles rather than consistently breaking down and securing the tackle. His aggressiveness in coverage can get him in trouble as QBs baited him into jumping underneath routes and then throwing deep passes over his head.
After taking the unprecedented route of signing with the XFL, St. Louis Battlehawks, Robinson is ready to make history by being the only player to be drafted from that league to the NFL. He has all the traits coaching staffs look for in an FS, and the upside to improve upon his weaknesses with an NFL caliber DB coach. I could see a team taking a chance on him at the end of round 3, but more likely early round 4. Teams that should be interested in him are the Steelers, Eagles, Patriots, and Browns. His playing style reminds me of John Johnson.