Houston Texans should draft diamond in the rough Reggie Robinson

Tulsa cornerback Reggie Robinson, who should be drafted by the Houston Texans (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Tulsa cornerback Reggie Robinson, who should be drafted by the Houston Texans (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans should consider drafting diamond in the rough Reggie Robinson, who could develop into something special. How so? Let’s take a look.

Houston Texans’ fans — it’s just about that time and there’s just a few weeks before the start of the NFL Draft to which from the latest reports, it still will be going as scheduled.  Although it will have a sense of hollowness without fans in attendance and likely not having players walk across the stage to get their picture with Commissioner Goodell, the business can still get done.

What’s really going to hurt is that teams won’t be able to bring players in for workouts because of the current travel restrictions in some areas of the country as well as 2/3rds of the United States being on some sort of stay-at-home or lockdown order in response to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These scouts are going to have to rely on tape from the NFL Combine as well as footage from the schools themselves to come to a consensus on what players to pick this year around.

Franchises won’t necessarily be at a disadvantage but the mitigation of the coronavirus will prevent them from having every tool at their disposal to make an informed decision.

Despite all of that, it shouldn’t have a detrimental impact and draft should go smoothly without a hitch.

So what do the Houston Texans need?  A ton of investment was made on the offense last season — a majority being on the offensive line as well as a tight end — so it’s now to shift those resources to the secondary.

The Houston Texans have re-signed Bradley Roby to a three-year, $36 million deal and they’ll have Lonnie Johnson Jr. returning for his second season.  Nonetheless, depth is still needed on this team and there’s no harm in bringing in extra guys to work for a spot on this roster.

The tangibles

A prospect that intrigues me that should be available in the middle rounds is one Reggie Robinson

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out of Tulsa.  Although he played for a team that’s not in a Power 5 conference, I think his ability to exceed expectations and be a solid cornerback in this league are some things that you could see out of this guy.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back with 31.5-inch arms and 8.25-inch hands with a 4.44-second 40-yard dash could be all that’s needed to get himself a roster spot on an NFL team.

Now if he wants to be a starter, that’ll take greater effort but he can continue to be an understudy as a backup and help on special teams until he’s ready to embrace a larger role.

He had a terrific senior campaign, returning from injury in his junior season that only afforded him to appear in just eight games.  He did receive first-team All-American honors as a member of the American Athletic Conference, which is remarkable in its own right.

He is a ballhawk in every sense of the word and opposing quarterbacks had to be extra cautious when targeting him directly, being the interception machine that he is.

What the experts are saying

But let’s see what the experts have to say.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:

"“The size, length and ball production offer up hope, but Robinson’s lack of speed and athletic traits could prevent him from maintaining playmaking positioning as a pro. He has average instincts, but his length can be a disruptive factor in close quarters. If he can crank up his run-support intensity, he might get looks as a zone corner or a safety.”"

Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com:

"“Robinson could get drafted higher than expected because he is a tall cornerback with speed and athleticism. He totaled four interceptions, 13 passes broken up and 38 tackles during his senior year. Over previous three seasons, he totaled 21 passes broken up. Robinson has a good skill set and could develop into a starting outside cornerback. He’s a sleeper pick who could be a steal.”"

And let’s take a look at the tale of the tape:

The bottom line

Robinson is the type of guy that will likely be on the rise come draft time.  With a nice showing at the combine, plus all of the natural attributes to demonstrate tremendous upside, I think he’d be a solid addition for the Houston Texans.

Those arms, as well as his athleticism, will make up for his weaknesses and I can only imagine how he’d look when teamed up with this unit.  This guy knows how to make plays and with the lack of production with the group the team had last season, they will have a guy thirsty enough to ensure that happens on his end.

Whether if the Houston Texans feel if he’s the guy or not remains the question but I think the team should take a flyer on him.

Next. Texans can follow similar blueprint with Tee Higgins. dark

We’ll see how this goes…

Robinson accumulated 132 tackles — 101 solos — along with three interceptions, 4.0 tackles-for-loss, 13 passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries in his career with the Golden Hurricanes.

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