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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
John Tuvey
March 13, 2009
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Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio StateMeasurables:
Combine height: 6-2
Combine weight: 209 pounds
Combine 40 time: 4.47 seconds

Stats:
Robiskie’s numbers declined as a senior (due mostly to the Buckeyes’ change in offensive philosophy and quarterback situation); he finished with 42 catches for 535 yards and eight touchdowns. For his Ohio State career, Robiskie caught 127 passes for 1,866 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Skill Set:
There’s plenty to like about Robiskie. Physically, he’s built just like the NFL likes them: good height, long arms, solid build. He has great hands, uses his body to shield defenders, and isn’t afraid to go across the middle to make a catch. Mentally, he knows the game inside and out having grown up in the same house as longtime NFL coach (and current Falcons receivers coach) Terry Robiskie. So it comes as little surprise that he’s a polished route runner who knows how to read coverage; in fact, as he demonstrated with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, Robiskie may be the most NFL-ready receiver in this year’s draft.

Of course, there’s always a catch. Robiskie isn’t a burner, though his 4.47 40 at the Combine is hardly chopped liver. Scouts are concerned that he lacks not only that top-end speed but also the burst to separate from NFL corners. While he has experience in the return game he isn’t particularly elusive in the open field. Bottom line, Robiskie has the smarts and enough physical tools to stick around the league as a possession receiver.
       
Possible Destinations:
Robiskie’s work at the Senior Bowl and Combine may have moved him all the way into the first day of the draft, but it’s unlikely teams are viewing him as a potential No. 1. If his stock has climbed to that of an early second-rounder, the Browns (36), Seahawks (37), and Bears (49) could be interested. Later in the round, teams like the Panthers (59), Colts (61), and Steelers (64) might make a play for Robiskie as a complementary target to their existing primary wideouts.

Fantasy Impact:
Despite being widely considered the most NFL-ready receiver in the draft, Robiskie isn’t necessarily poised to make an immediate fantasy impact. He’s primarily viewed as a complementary target, a possession receiver, and he’ll need to land in an ideal situation—playing the slot in Indy or Pittsburgh, for example—just to make a blip on the fantasy radar. Even then, he’s not going to be a go-to guy and he’s not going to catch a bunch of long touchdowns; essentially, he’s a younger Bobby Engram—which certainly isn’t bad from an NFL perspective but hardly incites a bidding war at your typical fantasy auction.

The good news, for both Robiskie and any team drafting him in a dynasty league, is that his knowledge of the game will likely keep him in the league for as long as his body allows. It doesn’t project to be a career filled with gaudy stats, though stranger things have happened than a smart player with questionable top-end speed developing into a standout receiver. That said, you shouldn’t draft Robiskie expecting a Marvin Harrison-like run of 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown seasons. Would you settle for a receiver capable of contributing steady Derrick Mason-like production? If so, Robiskie might be right in your wheelhouse.

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