Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
Murray reminds me a lot of Ron Parker in that he doesn’t let his 5-foot-11 frame stop him from being physical and making big tackles. He looks much more suited to step in as a slot corner than Russell as his press coverage and tenacity in the run game make up for his counterparts increased speed. This isn’t to say that Murray will be the Chiefs’ 3rd corner but he may get some playing time should the Chiefs face a spread on 3rd down.
Murray will most likely make the roster as the fifth or sixth corner behind the three starters and fellow draftee Russell. What Murray can do to improve is work on his transitions from press to route coverage and learn to better anticipate routes made by receivers in man-to-man. He will rarely be placed on outside receivers but may be a great asset against the screens and boot legs that Denver likes to run.
Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
Robinson has the athletic ability to be a great receiver along the likes of Dez Bryant, but much like Dez his immaturity and laziness can cause some real problems for him if he doesn’t learn to work. Robinson’s speed and vertical puts him in prime position to run all day along the sideline and should Alex Smith be able to put the ball in the right place, a lot of points could be in his future. That ability also gives great opportunity for comeback routes as corners will learn quickly to give him space or he will burn them.
Robinson has been drafted by the prime team for making the most of “risky” athletes. Reid has an amazing history of getting major production out of seemingly lazy or immature athletes. If Robinson can get out of his own way then he will have a very successful stint in Kansas City.
It helps that veteran Jeremy Maclin is all about making this team better and will surely take Robinson under his wing. Albert Wilson could be in danger of losing his starting role if Robinson can figure it out. I say that by mid season, we will see a lot of this rookie streaking down the sideline for score after score.
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