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05-29-2016, 11:12 AM
Let's look at what Demarcus Robinson can bring to the Chiefs By stagdsp (http://www.sbnation.com/users/stagdsp) on May 28, 2016, 11:00a 41 (http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2016/5/28/11577602/what-can-demarcus-robinson-bring-to-the-chiefs-wr-group#comments)

The short answer: YAC, YAC and more YAC
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It was a common thought that the Kansas City Chiefs needed help at the wide receiver position heading into the draft. There were rumors about potential interest in a couple of the top WRs that went in round one but by the end of the third round, many were saying, maybe the Chiefs just don't see WR as a need.
Enter Demarcus Robinson, with the Chiefs last of three fourth round picks (http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2016/4/30/11544768/florida-wr-demarcus-robinson-is-the-chiefs-third-fourth-round-pick). Most NFL draft experts believe that Robinson was an early-round talent on the field with great hands and run-after-the-catch ability. After watching all available games on Draft Breakdown (https://draftbreakdown.com/), I can confirm Robinson is a fun player to watch and compares favorably to other WRs I've reviewed.

So, why didn't he get drafted earlier? Demarcus had some legitimate off-field concerns -- Perhaps overshadowed by another Chiefs draft pick in this regard -- that likely had him much lower on team's draft boards than his talent would indicate. Robinson was suspended four times while at Florida (http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/14244774/demarcus-robinson-florida-gators-suspended-vs-florida-state-seminoles), and completed rehab for marijuana use.
The measurables6'1" 203 pounds, 33" arms, 9 1/2" hands
His pro day results were solid, but not as spectacular as many predicted prior to the draft (this may also have been a factor in his being available in round four): 4.59 40-yard dash, 4.21 short shuttle, 6.69 3-cone, 33 1/2" vertical and 10'3" broad jump.
How does he fit with ChiefsAgain, the Chiefs were clearly looking to upgrade at wide receiver again this offseason. They added Rod Streater and Mike Williams on one year deals in free agency before investing the fourth round pick in Robinson.
Robinson will likely compete with Chris Conley for the WR2 of the future, once each has fully grown into the offensive playbook. Demarcus Robinson is what I would consider the classic Andy Reid WR. He can line up inside our outside, but I certainly think he's more of an outside receiver. He has great hands and has shown the ability to run crisp routes.
Where he really excels is yards after the catch. He was featured on WR screens and quick outs in order to get the ball in his hands in space. He routinely makes defenders miss, and breaks tackles. He can get up the sideline for big chunks of yardage on the short passes that the Chiefs have been known for. He can also go up and get the ball in spectacular fashion when they take a shot deep.

Reviewing the tape2015 vs Mizzou

Didn't go down on first contact
Willing blocker with good hand placement and foot movement
Ran good routes, with crisp breaks
Fought for extra yards, has YAC for days
Noticed him running comeback, screen, out and slant routes credited with six catches, 79 yards with a long of 25, and a 13.2 average

2015 vs Ole Miss

Scored on a deep post route
Used him as a decoy on the end around
Had a highlight reel catch with one hand on the sideline. Shows excellent body control, hand eye coordination

Good football speed -- appears to play faster than his 40 time
They tried to get him the ball quick and let him run, but they did target him deep, and on a two point conversion
Not overly physical -- got out-muscled at times
Credited with eight catches, 98 yards with a TD and a long of 36, and a 12.3 average

2015 vs Vanderbilt

Took a screen for good yardage to open the game
Broke a slant for 40 yards
Carries the ball in one hand quite often -- ball security could become an issue at the next level
missed a couple of blocks
Took the hand around and threw a deep pass- but it was off target and nearly picked
Shows the ability to get his feet down on the sidelines
Fumbled once when fighting for extra yardage -- surrounded by SIX defenders, was still carrying ball in one hand
Made a defender look silly on more than one occasion with a quick change of direction
Credited with nine catches, 106 yards with a long of 36, and a 11.8 avg

2014 vs Kentucky

First play was a quick pass, Robinson turned it in to a big gane
Good speed, but not elite
Competes for the ball, but got out-fought a couple of times
Again, caught a five yard pass, juked a defender out of his shoes and turned it into a big gain up the sideline
QB play was suspect at best -- some very poorly thrown balls
Some plays he looked a bit lost or disinterested when blocking... others, he fought through the whistle
Made something out of a broken route: slipped in his break, pass hits the defender in the chest, bounces up, Robinson catches it and ran 20 yds down the field
Another quick out with a nice run after
....and another
Ran a nifty route for a TD: set his man up on the inside, accelerated quickly to the outside, defender didn't go with him ... easy catch for six
caught a TD in OT to tie the game on a fade route
Then had the game winning TD go through his hands (might have been tipped by a defender, as the QB was VERY late with the pass)
Credited with 15 catches, 216 yards with two TD, and a 14.4 avg

Where he wins

Played effectively in the slot and at outside WR
Clean, crisp route runner
Great hands -- reliable pass catcher
Elite run after the catch ability -- consistently gains extra yardage
Very good body control and coordination -- helps in making highlight reels and toe-tap catches on the sidelines
Very good speed

Where he doesn't win

Ball security -- tends to carry the football in one hand away from his body, could lead to more fumbles
Inconsistent as a blocker -- showed he CAN do it, just doesn't always get it done
Can get pushed around at times on contested passes
While he gains extra yardage, may lack that extra gear or breakaway speed to go the distance

Possible NFL comparisonsMarvin Jones
Emmanuel Sanders

05-31-2016, 01:29 PM
I think we could possibly have 6 solid receivers which we haven't had in years

05-31-2016, 01:33 PM
Maclin, Conley, Wilson, Robinson, Williams and Streater. Plus guys like Brown, Mathews, and Cook coming up

06-01-2016, 04:19 AM
Maclin is our #1 WR. No doubt. Between Conley and Wilson we should (but maybe not) have a #2 who can maybe grow into being a #1 when Maclin retires. For me anyway this is a case of "In Reid I trust".