Friday, April 27, 2007

Draft Profile: Brian Robison

The NFL Draft is this weekend, where the future hopes and dreams of young men will be determined. The draft has become a giant event, thanks to the marketing machine that is the NFL. There already is around the clock coverage with projections, analysis, and of course, upside. While Chris Berman will let you know what will happen seconds before it actually does, we figure we should get you ready for what you will see. So you're prepared for, well, for the upside.

After starting out as an outside linebacker, Brian Robison was moved to defensive end for his junior year and he immeadiately began to excel. Extremely athletic Robison was able to be a playmaker at defensive end. He was able to play the run with his strength as a Big XII Shot Put champion and was able to wreak havoc rushing the passer and dropping off into coverage as a former linebacker.

Robison has a chance to make a real impact at the next level because of his athleticism. He would need to be a defensive end in a 4-3 system because at 6'2" and 266 lbs he is undersized. He could also be used as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system. Either way, Robison will be able to make the adjustment because of his speed and quickness. Robison has several question marks going into the draft. He will need to get stronger to play defensive end in the League. Also, while he shows great in workouts, sometimes they don't translate onto the field. He is undersized and also lacks mobility in his hips and direction change that would allow him to make a transition to outside linebacker.

Robison is ranked as the 13th best defensive end by and should be a Day one pick in the late 3rd or early 4th rounds. Robison will need to adjust and improve to make it at the next level, but has the potential to be a game changer at either defensive end or linebacker.

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