How does a guy who led the NCAA with 13 interceptions find himself projected to be drafted in the 7th round or beyond? That’s simple. Scouts are going to be a bit more hesitant to hand out high round draft grades to any prospect who plays in the Patriot League. Let’s be honest, how can anyone expect to be taken as seriously as a FBS talent when they play for an FCS school like Bucknell. In fact, of the 16 FCS cornerbacks that have been drafted in the first 3 rounds over the past 12 years, only two have went on to have success in the NFL: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Rashean Mathis. On a side note, free agent cornerback Brent Grimes has turned out to be a great find out of Shippensburg University, a tiny division II school. With that being said, I don’t expect this guy to even come close to cracking the top 3 rounds come April, but I do hope that the Panthers will, at the very least, give this guy some serious consideration in the latter rounds of this upcoming 2012 draft. Let’s find out who this guy is after the jump.
Standing at only 5’9” and weighing 180 lbs, Bryce Robertson’s size certainly wouldn’t attract any double takes. But, what he lacks in size, he makes up for with instincts and intelligence. Additionally, he shows explosive closing speed to the ball and exhibits the necessary tackling fundamentals when wrapping up ball carriers. Furthermore, Robertson has the elusiveness that scouts look for in a good punt returner. As you will see in the video below, he played his last season almost exclusively in a zone coverage defensive scheme, but this doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t play well in man coverage looks. Because he didn’t get an invite to the 2012 NFL combine, it is especially imperative that he show flexibility and fluidness in his hips while backpedaling, planting, and turning at his pro day. Maybe I’m reaching a bit with this prospect, but I’d like to think that Robertson has a chance to have a career like the player he compares himself to, the aforementioned Brent Grimes, who went undrafted in 2006, only to be snatched up by our division rival, the Atlanta Falcons.
You’ll have to excuse this video because of its length which is obviously due to the fact that every play is replayed again, but from a different angle. Let me know if you see anything in this kid that could translate to the next level.