Watch out for Nickell Robey!!
Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:14 PM
and his bio: At 5'8" and 168 pounds, Nickell Robey isn't the biggest cornerback prospect in the 2013 NFL draft. However, what Robey lacks in size he makes up in playmaking abilities, emotion and physicality.
Robey is one of the draft's premier athletes. Even though he ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, Robey has the speed to keep up with quicker receivers.
Robey is an athletic and physical cornerback with very good playmaking skills.
He's extremely light on his feet, is fluid throughout his hips and can easily turn and run with receivers. Robey also displays excellent balance and quickness.
His playmaking skills are also evident when you watch Robey on the field. He possesses above-average hands (seven interceptions in three years) and the ability to make plays after the catch.
Robey can also be a factor when blitzing from the cornerback position.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:09 AM
Height is a huge factor though (and so is speed.) In a league where the WRs are 6'3", 220lbs and run like a wind having a CB who is 5'8", 168 and slow like a safety isn't going to cut it. I'm not very big on guys needing top flight "measurables" in-so-long as they can play football but there is a minimum needed to play in such a fast, violent sport. If you're going to be on the small side you'd better make up for it with top flight speed, rubber hips and the ability to breakdown plays quickly and be in the right spot. I've seen this kid play a handful of times and while he looks pretty good on a college football field I just don't see that transitioning to the NFL - which is why he went undrafted.
It's funny to me how people like to dismiss draft "experts" opinions when they trash the Bills draft but when one of them says something good about their UDFA or how one of these guys had a "4th round grade" suddenly it's a steal! Why do we listen to those grades like they mean something but dismiss the grades on other guys? Cherry picking at it's finest.
Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:46 AM
My question is: Can he stay with Danny Amendola and Jeremy Kerley? If so, then size isn't a factor and we can use him.
Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:47 AM
In Pettine's scheme, he needs to have CBs who can bump and run with a fast receiver for a 2-3 sec. window. Every team needs small fast/quick defenders to cover small fast/quick receivers.
Robey can do that so he becomes an asset.
The guy is fast/quick/physical and very confident. I think he's got a great shot at making this team.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:44 PM
Agreed. He would be a very, very big dark horse to make the team. Too small. This is the NFL.
Posted 03 May 2013 - 01:20 PM
Wide receivers don't have to tackle 220 lb running backs coming at them full speed with a lowered shoulder.
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