Robert has the athletic talent to play at a high level for the team that drafts
him. He has fluid movements in all
aspects of his position and shows on film excellent change of direction skills
and burst to the play to be a good cover corner.
He does a solid job when tackling and will come up to support the run
when it is absolutely necessary. Robert
is a very good cover corner who likes to keep the play in front of him and is
always looking for the interception. He has good hands to make the interception
and can be used on special teams as a punt returner.
I expect Robert to be drafted at some
point in the first three rounds of this draft and, if maturity strikes him at
any point in his life, Robert should be a very good #2 cornerback for the team
that drafts him.
The question is, will maturity strike Robert at some point after he is drafted
to perform on and off the field at a professional level?
Right now, Robert is a punk.
He pushes players after the whistle and smacks players in the head when they are
going by him and when the play is going the other way.
He is not a trash talker; most trash talkers are intelligent and use
words as another weapon on the field.
Robert doesn’t do this. In
the film I have of Robert, I don’t see the speed to recover when players get
behind him and, although he seems to make the tackle, he is very sloppy with his
techniques. At times, Robert is
willing to allow others to do the job first unless there are no other options.
He needs to get stronger in his upper
body so that he can match up better with the stronger receivers he will go up
against at the NFL level. In
college, if a receiver got physical with Robert, he couldn’t handle it --
physically or mentally. Robert will get beat deep at the NFL level and when it
happens, you can be sure he will react like most immature young men react to
getting shown up in front of his friends. He will be embarrassed and his
reaction will be like a kid waiting to jump out of the bushes to surprise,
intimidate and embarrass his adversary.
In other words, Robert will wait until he thinks everyone’s back is
turned on the field to get even instead of playing better.
When Robert grows up, he could be a pretty good player.
But the way he reacts to adversity on the field is most likely the only
way he knows how to react to adversity off the field.
That’s what I see on the film I have and
I suspect that if Robert had played at a higher level of competition at the
college level this behavior would have been magnified and would have become more
of an issue for “some” teams in this draft. Right
now, all anyone is looking at to evaluate Robert is the Senior Bowl with its
vanilla defense and Robert on his best behavior. In that game Robert looked like
a top 20 talent, but I watch film from the season to make my evaluations of a
player for the draft and, in my opinion, Robert has a long way to go to be a
“professional” athlete…but he does have the talent!
Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart