Will Patrick Robinson Prove Himself In 2014?
By Greg Barber
Other than the now departed Malcolm Jenkins there hasn't been any other player with the higher boom or bust factor than cornerbackPatrick Robinson.
Like Jenkins, Robinson was a first-round draft pick who the Saints had high hopes of becoming one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.
Now the question is will Patrick Robinson become a former New Orleans Saint by the end of preseason? There seems to be quite a bit of evidence that could be the direction.
He is in the final year of his rookie contract and he will be trying to prove he's worthy of a second contract.
But the Saints signed Champ Bailey in free agency and drafted Stanley Jean Baptiste in the second round.
And don't forget that Corey White, Rod Sweeting, Trevin Wade, Derrius Brooks, AJ Davis, Brian Dixon and Terrence Frederick are all on the roster also.
Keenan Lewis has one cornerback position locked up, so that leaves four spots for Robinson and nine other potential candidates to compete for.
The likelihood is that Bailey and Baptiste will make the team leaving only two places left on the table.
In four seasons Robinson made 141 tackles, 35 passes defensed, one sack and seven interceptions.
There are many cases where Robinson will make an excellent play one minute and then the next play completely blow it.
The same can be said for Corey White, but the difference is Corey White was a fifth-round pick in only his third season and Robinson was a first-round pick going into the fifth season. A lot more is expected from Robinson because of the investment.
In a story written in the Times-Picayune Robinson coming off a season-ending knee injury admitted he still needs to regain strength in his legs.
Will he really be able to get healthy enough to beat out the others with so few positions left? Time will tell.