Trenton Robinson

Draft Grades: San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers had a chance to fill some holes in this draft but reached too often and failed to add any instant-impact players. It was a disappointing haul for a team hoping to make another deep playoff run in 2012.

A.J. Jenkins is a talented receiver but was a huge reach in the late 1st round. He put together a solid 2011 season, but has always been inconsistent and had a history of clashing with his coaches at Illinois. Ron Zook openly criticized his attitude on multiple occasions. It will be interesting to see how he gets along with Jim Harbaugh, who isn’t the type to put up with diva receivers.

LaMichael James is a dangerous weapon, but this was too early for a player who projects as a career backup with character and injury concerns. He’ll have to compete with Kendall Hunter and Brandon Jacobs for carries behind Frank Gore, and could legitimately end up as the 4th-string running back.

Joe Looney was a solid value in the 4th round. He’ll have a chance to compete for the starting job at right guard.

Darius Fleming will compete for a backup job at outside linebacker behind Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith.

Trent Robinson could be a steal in the 6th round. He’s a prototypical free safety who could compete for playing time if Dashon Goldson continues to struggle in coverage as he has the past few years.

Jason Slowey is a developmental prospect who will be groomed to potentially replace 33-year-old Jonathan Goodwin in a few years.

I love the selection of Cam Johnson. He’s had a history of injuries which likely led to his fall, but could be one of the better steals of this class. If healthy, he’s a better prospect than Darius Fleming.

The 49ers whiffed with their first two picks. Even if Jenkins develops into a quality receiver, they missed an opportunity to add someone who could make a more immediate impact. But while their early picks were disappointing, they did find some value in the later rounds which could allow them to salvage something from this draft class.

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Trenton Robinson scouting report

Trenton Robinson S Michigan State #39
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 195

Plays the centerfield position well. Does a nice job reading the quarterback in zone coverage. Capable of staying with tight ends in man coverage; decent leaping ability makes up for height disadvantage. Experience in man coverage vs receivers also, but at his best in zone. Willing to help out against the run; decent tackling fundamentals. Can deliver some big hits. Well respected by teammates and coaches. Has a reputation for being a hard worker off the field.
Slightly undersized, both in terms of height and bulk. Below average tackling skills; very much willing to step up vs the run, but just doesn’t have the size to wrap up the ball carrier; running backs will bounce off his tackle attempts, even when technique is fairly solid. Typically plays off in man coverage; lacks the speed to play up, risking getting beat deep, but lacks the burst to close quickly to prevent quick underneath routes.
Robinson is a true free safety who has the potential to start at the next level. However, his lack of size and average speed/quickness limits his upside. His grade will likely vary greatly from team to team based on their defensive scheme. Robinson is at his best when playing the deep safety role, primarily in zone coverage. If that’s the type of player you’re looking for, and you’re willing to overlook his limited contributions against the run, then he could be a solid 3rd/4th round pick.
2011 vs Wisconsin
2011 vs Wisconsin (Big Ten champ game)
2011 vs Minnesota 
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