Robinson Could Break FSU's First-Round Drought, Fast
That's what renowned trainer Tom Shaw calls former Florida State standout Patrick Robinson, who boasts an array of position skills that make him one of the top cornerbacks in this year's NFL Draft. Robinson has the opportunity to showcase those skills at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he hopes to clock one of the event's fastest 40-yard dash times.
Only four players at this year's combine have recorded a 40 mark of less than 4.40 seconds -- former Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford headlines the quartet at 4.28. Former East Carolina running back and current Tennessee Titans Pro Bowler Chris Johnson ran a record-tying 4.24 two years ago.
"Patrick's my next freak," said Shaw, who operates his performance training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. "You are going to see some things out of him -- he will be dominant at the combine."
Robinson reportedly turned in one of the fastest 40-times ever recorded at FSU, where he ran a 4.25 in the summer of 2008. Robinson also recorded the top times in both the 3-cone drill and shuttle run.
While FSU once produced first-round NFL Draft picks with regularity, Robinson is looking to become the first Seminole selected in the opening round of the NFL Draft since linebacker Lawrence Timmons in 2007.
Robinson arrived in Indianapolis on Saturday determined to impress.
"I want to get there and showcase my skills and show that I am the best corner there and I am the best cornerback in the draft," Robinson recently told FanHouse following a weight-training session at Shaw's facility.
"I think it's going to be a great experience. We've been working hard, trying to get better in every area. There are a lot of great players here, pushing each other to become better."
Despite finishing without an interception last season, Robinson, at 5-foot-11 and 193 pounds, is quick and active. He had 52 tackles last season and a team-high 11 pass breakups.
Robinson also had a solid game in the Senior Bowl, registering six tackles with a pass breakup. He displayed his cover skills and toughness, returning to the game after suffering a dislocated ring finger.
Robinson was one of four former Seminoles invited to the combine, joining defensive back Myron Rolle, linebacker Dekoda Watson and receiver Preston Parker. After his dismissal at FSU, which followed his third arrest, Parker had a successful season in 2009 for Terry Bowden at North Alabama.
Shaw is anxious to see Robinson's times at the combine.
"He's going to jump high, run fast, be explosive," Shaw said.
"He can set records in the shuttle. He's unbelievable, and he's a good defensive back. He played man-to-man the whole time and, in college, that doesn't happen. I see him being a special player in the NFL. Not because he just as talent, he has work ethic.
"He out-works everyone. He wants to be the best. He sees that we have a lot of talent and he competes every day. Most guys get satisfied, you know, I played at a big school and somebody is going to want me, it doesn't matter where I get picked. He's not like that all. He wants to be the best and he wants picked higher than everyone, and he's working towards it."