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Falcons player profile: LB Edmond Robinson

After a look at the projected starters, our player profile series now shifts to the depth on the Falcons roster. Next up is LB Edmond Robinson—a former seventh-round pick with excellent size who had a standout 2019 season in the XFL.

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We’re in the depths of the offseason here at The Falcoholic, and there has been little to nothing in the way of interesting news in ages. So, we’ll have to make some content of our own in the meantime. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be bringing you a new Player Profile series where we’ll take a look at each of the players on Atlanta’s roster. I’ll break down their measurables, past production, and try to project their 2020 season with the Falcons.

After taking a look at the projected starters, we now turn our attention to the depth on the Falcons’ roster. Today, I’ll be discussing LB Edmond Robinson—a former seventh-round pick with excellent size and quality athleticism who found himself out of the NFL in 2018, but impressed enough in the 2019 XFL season to get an opportunity in Atlanta.

LB Edmond Robinson

Age: 28

Contract: $750K cap hit in 2020, free agent in 2021

Career Production: 22 games played, 2 games started | 13 total tackles | 1 PD | 66.9 overall PFF grade

2019 Production: 5 games played | 22 total tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 1 FF (XFL)

Previous Teams: Drafted in the 7th round (#232 overall) by the Minnesota Vikings (2015-2017), New York Jets (2017), Arizona Cardinals (2017-2018), Arizona Hotshots (2019, AAF), Houston Roughnecks (2020, XFL), Atlanta Falcons (2020)

Measurables:

The Falcons haven’t been shy about scouting some of the new football leagues for potential talent—Younghoe Koo from the AAF in 2019, and now three players from the XFL heading into 2020. One of those XFL standouts is Edmond Robinson, a former seventh-round pick of the Vikings who found himself out of the league in 2018. Instead of throwing in the towel, Robinson kept fighting, spending time in both the AAF and the XFL. Regardless of how it turns it out in Atlanta, Robinson’s resilience and desire to play are commendable.

Robinson, who was drafted in 2015, was always a long-shot to succeed in the NFL. His status as a seventh-round pick was one thing, but he was also coming from Division II Newberry College. Robinson was picked on the strength of his athletic testing: he’s got tremendous size and pairs it with excellent athleticism. A 4.61-second 40-yard dash may not sound fast, but it’s pretty incredible when you consider that he’s nearly 6’3 and 245 pounds. In his first season with the Vikings, Robinson played primarily on special teams, but also started 2 games. It was the best season of his career, and he posted a very respectable 66.9 PFF grade on limited snaps.

However, Robinson seemed to fall out of favor in 2016, as he didn’t play a single snap on defense and only appeared on about 37% of special teams snaps. He was waived during final cuts prior the 2017 season and was subsequently claimed by the New York Jets. Unfortunately, Robinson was placed on IR only a few weeks later and only played a handful of special teams snaps. He was picked up for the Cardinals practice squad in late 2017 and brought to camp in 2018, but was once again let go during final cuts.

Robinson didn’t give up, however, signing with the Arizona Hotshots of the AAF. After that league went under, Robinson was then drafted in the 2020 XFL Draft, where he started 5 games and was one of the league’s most impressive defensive players with 22 total tackles, 3.0 TFL, and 2.0 sacks. The Falcons signed him before the XFL officially went under, and Robinson now appears to have a legitimate chance to make the roster as a reserve LB and special teams player.

Projection: Edmond Robinson has tremendous potential as a 4-3 SAM in the NFL, but has thus far failed to earn a starting job during his career. As a LB with excellent athleticism and size, Robinson fills a niche that the Falcons don’t really have outside of rookie Mykal Walker. He’ll have to beat out veteran special teamer LaRoy Reynolds for the final LB spot, but I think Robinson offers more upside as a rotational defensive player and on special teams.