Teams looking to upgrade at cornerback will have plenty of options to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Aaron Robinson. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to the UCF product.
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Aaron Robinson Draft Profile
A highly regarded recruit who started off at Alabama, Robinson had a tough start to his collegiate career before finishing strong. He’s a quick-footed cover corner who played inside and out for UCF and succeeded mixing a variety of techniques. His loose athleticism and lateral movement skills allow for him to mirror quickness underneath and handle two-way gos in the slot, and he showed the competitiveness and physicality to handle bigger receivers. That physicality also allows him to hold his own in run support, a key when playing inside.
Robinson didn’t play a lot of reps in college — he suffered a frightening neck injury covering a kick his first year at UCF and essentially played two seasons — and it shows at times. He needs to be sharper in route recognition when playing off; he can be late to close on the ball when facing the action. He had little ball production.
Robinson’s versatility is key, and his movement skills and physicality translate to the NFL. He has to become more refined on some of the mental aspects of the position, but that should come with time.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round
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