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49ers draft picks: Rashard Robinson scouting report

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Niners Nation's Jake Narayan breaks down the 49ers fourth round draft selection, Rashard Robinson.

Former LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson concluded his senior season in high school with 40 tackles and three interceptions. He earned a four-star rating from 247sports.com and Rivals.com, as well as being listed a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com. Robinson was ranked as the No. 10 best corner and No. 118 nationally overall by 247sports.com. Despite having issues meeting the deadline for eligibility, he participated in 12 games with two starts his freshman season

In 2014, Robinson's sophomore year, he was not allowed to suit up for the season opener against Wisconsin, but started six games prior to being suspended indefinitely in November. Robinson was not reinstated in 2015 and decided to forgo his senior campaign and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Basics

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 171 lbs
Arm Length: 32 1/4"
Hand Size: 9"
40 Yard Dash: 4.49 sec
Vertical Jump: 35.5"
Broad Jump: 121"
Bench Press Reps (225 lbs): 5
3 Cone Drill: 7.31 sec
Short Shuttle: 4.44 sec

How He Compares To Other Cornerbacks

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: 4.40 40 yard dash, 13 BPR
James Bradberry, CB, Samford, 4.40 40 yard dash, 16 BPR, 124" broad jump
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida: 4.50 40 yard dash, 15 BPR, 130" broad jump
Kevin Peterson, CB, Oklahoma State: 4.66 40 yard dash, 14 BPR, 121" broad jump
Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia: 4.49 40 yard dash, 16 BPR, 125" broad jump

The Rundown

Positives

  • Uses length and physicality exceptionally well at the line of scrimmage and is not opposed to bump receivers downfield
  • Incredibly loose, fluid hips with eye-popping acceleration to close on throws with amazing burst for a player his height
  • Athletic with a lanky build and the tenacity to match opposition on the perimeter
  • Saw plenty of game-action his freshman season on a football team with NFL-caliber players

Negatives

  • String-bean frame and seems flat out unwilling, uninterested in coming up in run support to the dirty work
  • Limited hand-usage, sometimes seen biting on head fakes and loses track of receivers in and out of breaks often
  • Gets lost in the wash and seems to get out-bodied versus more physical wide-outs
  • Limited ball production, only sports seven career starts in his resume and hasn't seen the field since 2014
  • And then there's the off-the-field issues -€” suspended indefinitely, arrested for breaking and entering a teammates apartment, and was not allowed to return to the team in 2015

Conclusion:

With limited experience and continuous drama at LSU, I am not sold on spending a fourth round pick on a prospect who only started 8 games and sat out an entire year of football non-injury related. Yes, Robinson could be one of the biggest steals of the draft, but he's a guy the team could have gotten two more rounds later. Players like Connor McGovern, Christian Westerman and Kentrell Brothers were still on the board at selection no. 133.

On the flip side, Robinson's upside is fairly large. He does come with an exceedingly well amount of red flags, but I would like to think he is sincere and means well in wanting to turn things around. He's finished with school and will no longer have to worry about academics, so his primary focus will be playing football. Consisting of first-rate athleticism and the ability to blanket receivers in press-man, the 20-year old has the possibility of becoming a starter in the NFL.