After passing on Morris Claiborne in favor of Matt Kalil in the first round, one of the first things that was discussed was when the Vikings truly planned on taking a cornerback.
Despite moving back into the first round, Minnesota still declined to take a safety. Instead, they selected Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith with the 29th pick.
The discussion about drafting a cornerback can now be ended, as Minnesota has drafted Josh Robinson, from the University of Central Florida.
Robinson, who goes 5’10″, 195 pounds, is one of the fastest cornerbacks I’ve ever witnessed in my life. He ran lower than a 4.3 40-yard dash at the combine, which instantly boosted him into second-third round consideration.
Minnesota made two solid depth signings this offseason with Zack Bowman and Chris Carr, but neither of those can be trusted to start. Robinson, while not starting material at the moment, has the potential to be one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the NFL.
Robinson not only has great speed, but he has the ball-skills to match. Despite only two interceptions last season with UFC, Robinson was constantly considered a ball-hawk.
Although he’s not the prototypical size, Robinson has the vertical leap to match up with the taller receivers in the NFL. Therefore, don’t buy into any size problems regarding Robinson.
If there’s one thing the Vikings lack, it’s forcing turnovers. For the past several years, Minnesota has been one of the worst teams in the NFL at creating turnovers. This is guaranteed to change with Chris Cook, Josh Robinson and Harrison Smith now in the mix.
Also, Robinson is a great tackler. He doesn’t often let a receiver get by him, which is a huge key factor for the Vikings. He recorded 49 tackles in his Junior season.
The Vikings got great value here, and I’m very excited that they went the cornerback route, rather than wide receiver. Nonetheless, expect Minnesota to target, possibly two, receivers in the fourth round.