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'Physical' Aaron Robinson joins crowded secondary


After trading up with their third round pick, the Giants selected UCF cornerback Aaron Robinson. A transfer from Alabama, he played three years at UCF and started 19 games in his final two seasons.

Robinson tested in the 83rd percentile as a cornerback according to the RAS metrics. At his pro day, he measured at 5-11 and 186 pounds with 30.25-inch arms. He ran a 4.39 40-yard dash and had decent explosive and change-of-direction testing numbers.

Robinson was able to get his hands on the football at cornerback, finishing his final two seasons with 20 passes defended and three interceptions. He also forced two fumbles. According to Pro Football Focus he allowed 61 catches on 112 targets for 621 yards and six touchdowns with 15 forced incompletions as a junior and senior.

Robinson only rushed the quarterback 17 times in the past two seasons, according to PFF. He tallied one quarterback hit and five hurries. In the run game, he finished with 18 stops and 10 tackles for loss or no gain.

Robinson played wide corner in his first two seasons, but was primarily a slot cornerback in his junior and senior seasons. He logged 1,179 snaps in the slot versus 106 at outside cornerback. He also played 211 snaps in the box.

View photos of Giants third-round pick CB Aaron Robinson.

His tape shows a very aggressive player who is not shy about being physical at the line of scrimmage in coverage as a press-man cornerback and in run support. He is a willing and aggressive tackler. At the Senior Bowl in one-on-one drills versus wide receivers, Robinson showed the ability to mirror down the field in bump-and-run coverage.

UCF played a number of different coverages. According to PFF, UCF played Cover-1 or Cover-0 30% of the time the last two seasons. They were in Cover-2 just 6% of the time, Cover-3 16% of the time and Quarters 21% of the time. He has experience in zone and man defense.

Robinson joins a cornerback room featuring two recent high-profile free agent additions in Adoree Jackson and James Bradberry, who are likely to play outside. Given where he played most of his snaps in college, Robinson will likely compete with Darnay Holmes inside as the team's nickel and dime cornerbacks.

Robinson also has extensive experience on special teams with 78 snaps on kick coverage, 73 on punt return, 89 on field goal/extra-point block, 12 on punt coverage and one on kick return.


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