Adrien Robinson (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
To say the New York Giants are excited about the selection of Adrien Robinson, a tight end from Cincinnati, in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Sunday is an understatement. General manager Jerry Reese and Director of College Scouting Marc Ross could not contain their enthusiasm over this selection when they spoke with reporters on Sunday.
"He's a physical specimen. He's tall. The guy's 6-foot-4, 6-5, almost 270 pounds, ran a 4.5. He's just learning how to play football. We think he has tremendous upside and the kid plays hard for being a former basketball player. He plays hard. He just didn't get a lot of chances. We think the sky's the limit for him," said Ross. [Full Ross Transcript]
"We really think this guy has a huge up-side. He is a big, big man; long arms. He didn't catch a lot of balls for them. But he is kind of a late bloomer who has really come on. And we think this guy is kind of a JPP of tight ends. We like these kind of people," Reese said. "We think he can really come on and develop and be a terrific football player for us.
"This guy is almost 6-5, 270 pounds. He ran 4.57. He has got those freakish athletic numbers. He hasn't scratched the surface with respect - like JPP. When we got Jason we said, "This guy hasn't scratched the surface." And Jason still has a lot of learning to do - continuing to grow. This kid hasn't scratched the surface yet. He has a chance to be really something, we think." [Full Reese Transcript]
Robinson caught only 29 passes in four seasons at Cincinnati, 12 in 2011. Ross acknowledged the lack of collegiate pass-catching production.
"I'm sure they saw the talent, but they're 4, 5 wide all of the time, shotgun, quick, get it out. So they don't use the tight end a whole lot. I'm sure they knew what they had," Ross said. "Glowing reviews from the people there who deal with kid and coached him. They feel like they didn't get the most out of him just because of the type of offense they had. Being here, the coaching, the way we'll use him, I think he'll just flourish."
"I'm just happy to have the opportunity to play and learn from coach [Mike]Pope," Robinson said in an introductory conference call with reporters. "I think I have pretty good hands. My senior year I didn't have any drops the whole season. So I think I'll do pretty well."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin tried to temper expectations for Robinson a bit, playing down the "sky's the limit" talk"He's got a lot of work to do to understand the pro game," Coughlin said. "Let's watch him play a little bit before we get into that. He is very athletic. His numbers are outstanding. He's very anxious to get going. We think he's untapped and that's why, I think, Jerry basically said what he said." [Full Coughlin Transcript]