Brian Robinson Key Stats:
Running Back, Alabama
Bulldozer: Outfitted with scrap metal and driven through city hall
Georgia, Miami, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Arkansas
Positives Scouts Saw:
- Big boy that can absorb contact
- Physical and explosive
Negatives Scouts Saw:
- No real long speed
- Is he big enough to be a pure power back at the next level?
- Does not have an elite burst
Positives I Saw:
- *gif of Brock Lesnar saying “oh, that’s a big boy”
- Drags dudes constantly for extra yardage
- Excellent blocker
Negatives I Saw:
- Takes a ton of contact
- Will need volume to produce
- Dominated inferior competition, average vs top level prospects
As a Prospect:
Brian Robinson is one of a small handful of prospects in this draft that project to be an A/B gap, up the gut mauler. I believe this is an overcorrection in organized football to push guys of Robinson’s size to the defensive side of the ball, and instead place value on smaller and quicker backs that can help spread the field. Robinson does not spread the field, but he hits hard and blocks extremely well for a back, which should help him find the field sooner than later.
Fantasy Football Potential:
There’s a good chance Robinson is drafted with the express intent of giving him early down work in a committee backfield, which makes him immensely valuable. Very few prospects will be given that sort of role from this draft class outside of the top 2(3?) prospects, so if Robinson goes to a place where he’s expected to carry most of the early down workload he is a viable play in both redraft and dynasty formats. Wheels up!
I like Brian Robinson’s game a lot, and my hesitation with rankings is a reflection of my level of certainty that a team will pick him and use him to be their first and second down back. Robinson absolutely has three down potential with his pass protection ability, and if a team sees that he should be ranked ahead of any RB that doesn’t have that. Strictly on tape, he has what it takes, and if given the opportunity he can certainly be a lead back. His stock on draft night is one of the things I’ll be most interested in as we go into rookie drafts and the upcoming season.
Brian Robinson Reminds Me of: