Alabama senior RB Brian Robinson has accepted an invitation to the 2022 Senior Bowl.
Robinson (6'1/225) along with defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis both accepted invites to the Senior Bowl, which is set to be played on February 5th. Robinson led the Crimson Tide in rushing this season, toting the rock 223 times for 1,071 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Per Pro Football Focus, Robinson Forced 63 tackles on the season, and had 16 carries of 15+ yards on the year. PFF.com graded Robinson. Mathis played in all 13 games for Bama this season, totaling 46 tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss and eight sacks.
Dec 8, 2021, 2:53 PM ET
Brian Robinson Jr. evaluation
Senior Bowl practices aren't the best venue for a running back such as Robinson. Some of his best skills – vision, physicality and ability to make cuts – are limited in individual drills.
Good thing Robinson has a solid year of tape.
"I like Brian as a back," Matt Miller, a draft analyst for ESPN/The Draft Scout, told The Tuscaloosa News. "It’s a deep running back class. I think the key for him here is seeing that runaway speed. Seeing his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is so, so huge."
Miller said teams watch the tape and know a players' ability, so Robinson won't necessarily get knocked for not being the fastest player at the Senior Bowl.
"Arian Foster wasn’t the fastest running back and he had great vision," Miller said. "He had great contact balance and he was very successful. I think Brian could be a similar player where you’re never going to win the combine but it’s the other stuff. Kind of the intangibles. His vision, his toughness, his consistency, I think those are big keys for him."
Edholm sees some of the same characteristics in Robinson as former Alabama running back Damien Harris.
As for Robinson, Edholm and Miller each called him a round three or four pick.
“If he runs a 4.7 at the combine, that’s obviously going to hurt his stock," Miller said. "You need to be at least as fast as we think you are. If he takes care of business in Indy, I don’t think round 3 is crazy. Round 4, I’d be a little more comfortable with that projection. Definitely has a chance to be a top 120 pick I would think."
Former Alabama RB Brian Robinson was named top RB on the American team during the player-of-the-week awards ceremony at the Senior Bowl.
Robinson (6'1"/225) won the award over Florida's Dameon Pierce, Florida International's D'Vonte Price and South Carolina's ZaQuandre White. WIth being a big bruiser-type RB he didn't start the week too well when the players went without pads, but when the pads came on was when he shined. He was able to show that power-running ability that helped average 4.8 yards per carry season. The highlight of the week came not on one of his runs but when he had a pass block rep against Georgia's Channing Tindall and absolutely stuffed him. If he can show he has that skill, his stock will continue to rise.
SOURCE: Jim Nagy
Feb 4, 2022, 4:52 PM ET
I'm not saying you are incorrect here but can you unpack some of the reasoning behind this conclusion?Nothing special
Just watched almost every snap and all I can say is they really had nobody else and he was prob the least impressive bama back I have seen in 10 plus years. Hell maybe longer. Hes serviceable. Seems like a guy you could pick up off the street for the NFL imo thoughI'm not saying you are incorrect here but can you unpack some of the reasoning behind this conclusion?
-Is it because it took him 5 years before he finally showed he could handle a big chunk of the touches?
-Is it because when he finally got the break to be the starter or see a lot of touches as a 5th year Senior that he only managed 5 yds a clip? With the type of OL he likely had in front of him it should have been much easier, right?
There's a lot of things that could point to you saying these things, just curious if you are hanging your hat one one particular thing.
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Brian Robinson Jr. is a RB prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored an unofficial 8.18 RAS at the Combine out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 277 out of 1519 RB from 1987 to 2022. ras.football/ras-informatio… #RAS via @Mathbomb
Alabama RB Brian Robinson has the second most missed tackles by an SEC RB since 2019.
Robinson (6'1"/225) forced 79 missed tackles in 2021, second to just Leonard Fournette's 2015 season where he forced 85. Considering the quality of SEC running backs since then like Najee Harris, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and many more, that is impressive. Robinson had a major breakout senior year, rushing for 1,343 yard and 14 touchdowns, and catching 35 passes for an additional 296 yards and two scores. Despite that, he's not generally considered a top RB prospect like Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker, but this stat shows Robinson's wiggle and success outside of just having a great team around him.
SOURCE: PFF Draft on Twitter
Mar 27, 2022, 5:39 PM ET
Alabama RB Brian Robinson met with the New York Giants on Tuesday.
Robinson (6'1"/225) had a breakout season in 2021, running for 1343 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 35 passes for 296 yards and two scores, showing versatility to his game. He forced a lot of missed tackles for Bama too, showing it wasn't just their great o-line doing the work. The Giants also had James Cook and Breece Hall in the building so RB is clearly a priority for them despite having Saquon Barkley on the roster. One of those guys going in the second or third round is very likely at this point.
SOURCE: Albert Breer on Twitter
Apr 5, 2022, 3:50 PM ET
Both White and Robinson, along with Cook might be 4th round picks, maybe late 3rd. In 2021, many RBs drafted 4th round or later had major roles. Carter, Stevenson, Hubbard 4th. Gainwell 5th. Mitchell and Herbert 6th.Ilov80s said:I kind of like him. Obviously has the size but also brings some pass catching. I was more impressed by what I saw of him than Zamir White.
Alabama RB Brian Robinson took a top 30 meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.
Robinson (6'1"/225) is a versatile and productive back, and the Buccaneers are am RB needy team. Leonard Fournette was retained, but he's been less than stellar and getting close to that the RB expiration date of 28. Robinson forced a ton of missing tackles while piling up yards and touchdowns for a great Alabama squad, and almost every back to come out of Tuscaloosa seems to do quite well in the NFL.
SOURCE: Ryan Fowler on Twitter
Apr 13, 2022, 2:53 PM ET
Alabama RB Brian Robinson was elusive in 2021.
Robinson (6'1/225) broke out in 2021, tallying 1,343 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns. He brings a level of versatility to the table, also catching 35 passes for 296 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Robinson had a knack for making defenders miss last season, more than any other SEC running back, as he totaled 79 of those to make his way to the top of the category.
Apr 22, 2022, 8:50 PM ET
Commanders selected Alabama RB Brian Robinson with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
It's yet another blow to Antonio Gibson's fantasy fortunes after J.D. McKissic's Bills switcheroo. Robinson (6'2/225) joined 'Bama in 2017, the same year as Najee Harris, entering into a running backs corps that included sophomore Josh Jacobs and a junior Damien Harris. Jerome Ford arrived the following year. Unsurprisingly, Robinson was not a featured runner until Jacobs, Harris, and Harris left for the NFL. When he got his chance in 2021, he produced 1,343 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, adding 296 yards and two more scores as a receiver. Robinson isn't particularly explosive, posting a 4.53 40 30-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump at the Combine, but with above-average size, a solid all-around skill set, and Alabama pedigree, he looks likely to emerge as a trusted committee option or clear-cut backup in the mold of Alexander Mattison. It's clear the Commanders want to reduce Gibson's workload after last year's grinding, injury-marred affair.
Apr 29, 2022, 11:11 PM ET
Gibson is an athletic freak while Robinson has an adequate athletic profile. It's nothing like Gibson's. I think this is insurance for Gibson's injuries that he has seemed to pick up over the past two years; injuries that might have accumulated in a reduction of rushing effectiveness.I think Robinson is definitely a threat to Gibson...maybe not right away, but eventually.
Gibson is an athletic freak while Robinson has an adequate athletic profile. It's nothing like Gibson's. I think this is insurance for Gibson's injuries that he has seemed to pick up over the past two years; injuries that might have accumulated in a reduction of rushing effectiveness.
Robinson isn't a slouch. He'll be serviceable in case of injury or if, as you say, they want to lighten Gibson's touch load. But I don't think he's taking Gibson's job.Robinson is no slouch. I could see him getting a decent percentage of touches in a full blown committee in an effort to protect Gibson.
ESPN's Matt Miller believes the Commanders took RB Brian Robinson "at least a full round" too early in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Washington's third-round selection of the Alabama running back was something of a stunner for draft observers, and probably doesn't bode well for Antonio Gibson. J.D. McKissic re-signed with Washington this offseason and will continue dominating pass-catching duties while Robinson could eat into Gibson's early-down work in 2022. Taking Robinson in the third round was one of several objectively terrible draft decisions made by the clueless Commanders. Robinson could be a valuable end-of-bench fantasy selection who would see a decent workload if Gibson struggles with injuries this year.
May 3, 2022, 9:51 AM ET
Third-round running back Brian Robinson Jr. is regarded as a thumper with the ball in his hands, and with that reputation comes a certain picture in one's mind. Robinson Jr., though, was a bit skinnier and much quicker than his scouting report would suggest and, on multiple occasions, displayed soft hands when catching swing passes in drills and 9-on-9 scenarios. Be careful assuming that he's just a three-yards-per-tote, run-over-a-nose-tackle kind of option for the Commanders.
Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. also impressed, looking fluid and comfortable as a receiver with soft hands and good movement in and out of his routes. Teammate Phidarian Mathis was asked if he was surprised at all about Robinson's receiving ability put on display during the minicamp, to which he laughed and replied he was used to it having seen the same skills during their practices with the Crimson Tide.
Per Rotoworld/NBC Edge now.Commanders head coach Ron Rivera likened Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson to the Panthers former backfield of D'Angelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
Rivera, of course, likens everything in Washington to his Carolina days. But if the Commanders see Gibson as nothing more than one part of a "1-2 punch" alongside rookie Robinson, Gibson probably should have been among the first 15 running backs off the fantasy draft board this summer. J.D. McKissic, who re-signed with the Commanders this offseason, is expected to maintain pass-catching duties, while Robinson possibly eats into Gibson's early-down role in Washington's offense. The Commanders in 2021 had the league's ninth lowest pass rate over expected, so a run-first approach could be valuable for fantasy purposes if Gibson or Robinson emerge as the team's go-to options in 2022.
I’m pretty high on BRob & expect him to show well so I don’t believe he’ll be easily replaceable.