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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2020 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Amik Robertson, CB
School: Louisiana Tech | Conference: Conference USA
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5’8” / 187 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Round 4 or 5
NFL Comparison: Tavon Young

College Statistics

Player Overview

In his 3 years at Louisiana Tech, Robertson started 38 games at CB for the Bulldogs. Over that period, he amassed 14 interceptions (and 3 pick sixes) and in 2019 he was tied for the most passed defended (16) in the NCAA. Robertson was second team All-Conference USA during his freshman year, and received first team All-Conference USA honors after his sophomore and junior seasons.

His diminutive size and high level instincts for the ball have earned him multiple comparisons to Chiefs’ star CB, Tyrann Mathieu, who is a similar size (5’9”, 190lbs), and was able to overcome initial concerns about his stature to become a two-time All Pro thus far in his career.

Though he received an invite to the 2020 Combine, unfortunately, he was unable to participate in the field drills as a result of an ongoing groin injury. Louisiana Tech’s Pro Day was cancelled out of COVID-19 concerns, but Robertson has worked out an arrangement with his agent where he plays to record his drills and send them to all 32 teams. In any case, his inability to participate at the Combine could help depress his draft stock a bit, and keep him available for a later round pick-up.

Strengths

  • Has elite instincts for the ball.
  • Has a good ability to tackle ball carriers in space, particularly given his size.
  • Could project as a potential nickel or safety at the next level.
  • A physical ferocity - despite his size - that has led to some comparing him to Tyrann Mathieu.
  • Resourceful and persistent. Committed to getting his measurables in front of decision makers during a challenging time.

Weaknesses

  • His size. At 5’8”, there is broad perception that Robertson’s ceiling at the NFL will be playing in the slot, as opposed to outside.
  • Recovering from a recent groin injury.
  • His level of competition at Louisiana Tech was on the lower end of the spectrum.

Let’s See His Work

How He Would Fit

With the departure of Quinton Dunbar and Josh Norman, and the addition of Ronald Darby and Kendall Fuller, the Redskins’ cornerbacking corps will be experiencing dramatic upheaval in 2020. Fabian Moreau and Jimmy Moreland are both young talents who the team hopes will step up this year, but there’s no assurance of that. And, with Darby on a one-year deal and Moreau in the last year of his rookie contract, both have added incentive to step up, but no guarantee they will be around long term.

The Redskins should absolutely be looking for cornerback depth in the upcoming draft and Robertson, with outstanding instincts and the capacity to play in the slot, as a nickel, or even as a safety, fits well with Rivera and Del Rio’s requirement for position versatility on the backside of the defense.