Remembering what NFL Draft experts said about Demarcus Robinson

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03: Demarcus Robinson
GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03: Demarcus Robinson /
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KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 4: Demarcus Robinson
KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 4: Demarcus Robinson /

Coming out of college, Robinson had it all on tape. The production was there. The game speed was impressive. Scouting reports read like an elite prospect expected to be an instant starter except in two areas: the “troubled” character and the worse-than-expected numbers at the NFL Combine. When you watch his game film, Robinson leaves no questions as to his ability to get open, create separation or to even go deep. Yet he ran a fairly mediocre 40-yard dash with an official time of 4.59 seconds.

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Put it all together and he earned a fourth round grade from the Chiefs, at least.

Lance Zierlein of compared him to Mike Wallace and said he could be “a top four receiver in this draft,” a class that includes Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, Laquon Treadwell, Will Fuller, Michael Thomas and more. Mike Mayock also had a lot of praise, even despite the character concerns, saying, “He’s a really gifted athlete. Very highly recruited kid coming out of high school. Now he’s had some off-the-field issues … but at the end of the day, just watching his tape, his athletic ability screams at you.”

Bleacher Report was also high on Robinson’s NFL potential, giving him a pro comparison to Pierre Garcon and a third round grade. They wrote, “If teams get comfortable with him off the field, Robinson could be a steal. He’s athletic, productive and has the game to translate immediately to NFL success.”

Given that Robinson also comes with impressive size at 6’1, 203 lbs., it’s possible that the praise drawn from Reid during OTAs in May could translate to the field in 2017. If Robinson can also become a factor, the Chiefs might start to have a crowding issue at wideout. From where they’ve come, that would be a wonderful issue to have.