Thursday, April 22, 2010

Saints Nation: Saints Pick Patrick Robinson 32nd Overall

The 1st round is finally in the books and the Saints have made their pick. Please welcome as the newest member of the New Orleans Saints, Patrick Robinson of Florida State. With Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter entrenched as the starters at corner, it's a bit of a head scratcher... but Marshall Faulk made the good point on NFL Network that the Saints had to sign Mike McKenzie and Chris McAlister off the street last year, so depth is important. I wonder if this means Malcolm Jenkins is going to be the starter at free safety, and Darren Sharper won't be re-signed? Don't forget Randall Gay is in the mix at cornerback as well. I liked Brian Price with that pick, but there's lots of draft left.

Below are his strengths and weaknesses, per

Strengths: "Robinson possesses the ideal size and straight line speed coveted in today’s starting corners. He anticipates break points well and jumps routes. Robinson’s a competitive defender with great ball skills, who was not tested often later in his college career. He’s a special team’s contributor, which will allow him to see the field immediately."

Weaknesses: "Only has average play speed for the position and doesn’t have as much closing burst and quickness when transitioning as you’d like to see. There are some durability questions as he dealt with multiple injuries in college. Only an average technician who would benefit from some coaching up at the next level."