Brian Robinson Jr. is positioned to continue Alabama's established pipeline of runnings backs in the 2022 NFL Draft. Even though he had to wait his turn, Robinson took full advantage of the opportunity to be the lead dog in the Crimson Tide backfield last season, showcasing his power and complete package. He may not be on the same level as some recent Bama backs that have made the jump, but he should be able to more than hold his own in the pros.
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Brian Robinson Jr. Draft Profile
Robinson finally got his chance to carry a full-time load last season and took advantage. The power and contact balance are very good, as he has the ability to run through traffic and get tough yards. His vision is good, and he will identify cutback lanes and pick up chunks of yards. He runs with a nice pad level for a taller back and consistently brings pop at the end of the run, making the tackler feel it. He showed good hands in the screen game and as a check-down option for a big back.
Robinson doesn’t have the size nor the long speed of Derrick Henry, or the explosiveness or versatility of Najee Harris. He won’t outrun NFL defenders at the third level. He also seemed to wear down a bit late last season.
Robinson took a step forward as a senior and looked like a more instinctive runner with NFL-caliber power. He can hold his own on third downs and should be a quality back.
Final Grade: 3rd/4th Round