Two Division II players made the trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2015; WR Tello Luckett of Harding University and Newberry's Edmond Robinson. The OLB posted a 4.61 40-yard dash time at the Combine, outperforming potential first round prospects such as Randy Gregory and Shaq Thompson.
Indianapolis is a step up from Newberry, a university with only 1,100 enrolled students in South Carolina, but Robinson displayed his triumphing athleticism along the way. The senior finished with a modest 68 tackles and 7.5 TFL in 2014, but enticed the Combine selection committee with his potential and defensive tools.
Let's break down what Robinson offers as a D2 prospect looking to hear his name called in the 2015 NFL Draft.
At 6'3" 245 lbs., Robinson compliments his ideal build with a high motor. The Newberry product accelerates at the line of scrimmage blowing up gadget plays and missed blocking assignments on runs. Another plus in Robinson's game is his chase-down ability. He uses his frame to pursue ball carriers and get back into the play after being engaged in a block. Robinson prevented a potential TD in 2014 on a run that reached the second level after overplaying the ball-carrier. Effort is a skill that cannot be coached.
Robinson saved his draft stock during the off-season. Not dominating Division II competition could present red flags when being compared to other Division I LB prospects. Robinson's game is predicated on athleticism. He lacks technique and relies heavily on his physical tools to make plays. Robinson is unproven in coverage, and handling an emerging position that is TE could be a struggle out of the gate in the pros.
Robinson emerged at the Combine going from solid D2 player to potential late round pick in 2015. After representing Newberry on a monumental stage, Robinson currently needs to develop as a linebacker who can play against the pass as well as develop good instinct in the run game. He could get looks in the later rounds and would be a viable asset on special teams to begin his career. A plethora of Division II talent plays in the NFL currently, and Robinson could be on the cusp of adding to the total.