2007 Draft Recap: Laurent Robinson

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Laurent Robinson

Height: 6-2
Illinois State
May 20, 1985
Hometown: Rockledge, FL


40 Speed: 4.38
20 Yd: 2.50
10 Yd: 1.46
Bench: 19 reps
Vertical Jump: 39 inches
Broad Jump:
Short Shuttle: 4.28
3 Cone Drill: 6.83
Arm Length:
32.25 inches
Hand size: 9 inches

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by Scott WrightStrengths: Good size…Timed speed is more than adequate…Runs real good routes and he just knows how to get open…Athletic and quick…A good leaper…Great ball skills and body control…Catches the ball well…A vertical threat…Was quite productive.Weaknesses: Did not play against elite competition and will have to make a big transition…Did not have a great senior campaign…Not very strong or physical and his toughness has been questioned…Sub par blocker…Fumbler…Won’t do much after the catch.Notes: First name is pronounced: “loor-RAUNT”…He stepped up and had excellent games against Iowa St. in 2005 (6 rec. for 177 yds. and 2 TD) and Kansas St. in 2006 (9 rec. for 77 yds.)…A legitimate talent and one of the top small-schoolers available.

Grade: Mid-Rounder

by TFY Draft PreviewPOSITIVES: Productive, big-play receiver hobbled with an ankle injury for most of his senior campaign. Quickly releases off the line, immediately gets to top speed and makes the reception in stride. Extends to catch the ball away from his frame.NEGATIVES: Lacks the true second gear and top-end speed. Not a physically strong receiver. Comes up short with his blocking assignments.ANALYSIS: Physically built to be a fourth receiver at the next level, Robinson shows a lot of natural skills catching the ball. Must regain his prior form off the ankle injury from last season but worth considering in the late rounds.

PROJECTION: Early Sixth Round

GRADE: 3.44 — Fence Player

by NFLDraftScout.comPositives: Has a lean, angular frame that is built for speed, showing good chest muscle definition with a tapered waist, good shoulder width, tight abdomen, developed thighs and calves … Has excellent body flexibility and hip snap, dropping his weight and keeping his pads down to accelerate instantly coming out of his cuts … Has fine balance in his running stride, executing crisp plant-and-drive skills to get in and out of his breaks … Possesses the speed to challenge the deep secondary and the body control to make adjustments through his routes … Smart, instinctive runner and also does well in the classroom … Picks up plays quickly and is alert to coverages, doing a nice job of finding the soft spot in the zone to settle in … Regarded by the staff the team’s “most trustworthy” player, as he works hard in the training and film rooms, showing good self-starting ability … Capable of getting to the ball in a crowd and there is no flinch to him, even when he knows the defense is about to drill him … Has the ability to accelerate into his routes instantly and shows good urgency in and out of his cuts … Demonstrates a crisp running style and does a nice job adjusting his body to get to the underneath throws … His speed lets him drive off the coverage and come back for the easy yards … Takes short, pitter-patter steps to accelerate off the line of scrimmage, and has the explosion to gain on the cornerback and eat the cushion in attempts to challenge deep … Can sink and slip through traffic due to his lateral agility and is very alert of the sidelines, doing a nice job of keeping his feet in bounds … Displays the body control to sink his hips to get better separation in-and-out of his cuts and does a very good job of finding the soft spot and settling in vs. zone coverage … Whether working underneath or attacking the deep zone, Robinson’s hip snap and ability to ride up the defensive back lets him gain immediate separation after the catch … Shows the nimbleness to maintain balance and turn instantly to head up field after the catch … Maintains good focus when looking the ball in, and does not hesitate to get vertical to make the play … Best when contorting his body and looking the ball in over his shoulder on deep routes … Has developed good hand mechanics to extend for the ball away from the frame … Will sometimes revert to body catching, but has the timing and snatch ability to get to the ball at its high point … Needs to add some more bulk and strength, but has that second gear and burst to leave defenders grabbing at air … Has no problem competing with the opponent after contact, and has the balance and leg drive to stay up after taking the initial hit.Negatives: Has functional playing power, but will need to upgrade in this area to prevent from being rerouted by the more physical pro defensive backs … Earlier in his career, Robinson did not utilize his explosiveness with consistency in attempts to get a clean release off the snap … Could use some more bulk to escape the jam, but has more than enough quickness to escape and get back on the stem … Demonstrates sure hands to lovk the ball in, but must be more conscious of securing the ball before heading upfield … Shows better consistency getting into his routes than earlier in his career (used to take some soft angle cuts) … Still learning how to vary his speed, but has shown improvement each week, as he no longer out-runs the ball and is smart enough to uncover and has the burst to go downfield in a flash … More of a pester-type of blocker than one who will face up at the line of scrimmage.Compares To: Laveranues Coles, New York Jets … Like Coles, Robinson has that explosive running stride and acceleration to separate after the catch. Both are fearless catching in a crowd and show great sideline awareness, body control and loose hips to turn a short catch into a big play.

Draft Ace
by Ryan McCrystalStrengths: Good natural athlete. Elite speed. An explosive receiver that is a threat to score anytime he has the ball. A tough player that will get physical and take hits. Reads the ball very well.Weaknesses: Missed time in 2006 with an ankle injury. Doesn’t have experience against top competition.Comments: Holds the Gateway Conference record for single season receiving yards (1,465 in 2005). An extremely productive player at his level competition. He impressed scouts with his forty time at the combine. He may go off the board as high as the third round.

Consensus Draft ServicesOverview: Without a doubt, Laurent is one of the best receivers not playing IA football. He has been a Walter Payton award finalist and one of the most productive receivers in IAA for the past three seasons.Strengths: Good size. Very fluid athlete. Runs with a smooth, gliding style that deceives D-backs. Can snatch the ball in traffic. Capable of the highlight grab. Great production at this level. Tough and fearless.Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger. Can be shoved around in the first five yards. Not a burner.

Projection: A guy with his hands and production deserves to be a 7th rounder at worst, but you never know how the NFL will react to the level of competition issue.

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