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4th Round: Cincinnati TE Adrien Robinson Bio


OVERVIEWRobinson emerged as the Bearcats' full-time starter in his senior year. Used mostly as a blocker, he managed to come up with several key touchdown receptions, along with hauling in a 72-yarder vs. Miami that was the longest pass play by Cincinnati in 2011.

The tight end has a tall frame with very good muscle definition, split high, long legs and arms, good bubble and thick thighs. He shows good aggression as a blocker, staying low in his pads with a wide base to work in combination with the tackles when playing in-line. The thing you see on film is that he is quick to locate and neutralize second level defenders.

Robinson uses his arms effectively to seal vs. the edge rush and has a quick kick slide to retreat. As proven by his 72-yard catch-&-run vs. Miami, he is a punishing runner after the catch that easily breaks low tackles and you need to wrap him securely in order to bring him down. He displays good field vision, spotting the coverage and recognizing the open lanes.

The senior shows good aggression and excellent concentration going for the ball in a crowd. He has valid hands and good extension to catch outside the frame, doing a nice job of shielding the ball from defenders and has pretty good leaping ability to compete for jump balls, as he knows how to use his long arms and timing to get to the ball at its high point. He also uses his hands with good force to defeat the jam and is slippery enough to get past the press and into his routes.

While not used often, Robinson is especially effective on stop, comeback, outs and shallow crossing patterns. He has very good field vision, as more that 65% of his pass receptions came from working back when the pocket was pressured. He possesses the lower body strength to power through arm tackles, along with nimble feet, using them well to sidestep low tackles.

Robinson plays at a low pad level, shifting his pads low enough to gain advantage and sustain in his drive blocks. He excels at executing the chip block, taking good angles when stalking second level defenders. He is also alert to stunts and blitzes, getting out in front to impact edge rushers.

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