As for stats..... Number is Robs/Second is Whinny's.
Thrown at 73 - 90
Reception 53 - 60
% Caught 73 - 67
Yads 489 - 575
YAC 101 - 222
Long 30 - 41
TD 6 - 2
INT 2 - 3
Passes Defensed 1 - 6
Remembering of course that Whinny was the number one Ranked CB in the league last year, mostly because of his run support, Robs numbers aren't that bad for a rookie that was kindof thrown to the wolves.
I suspect that with the knowledge he got from those reps and some coaching, he will show a big improvement this year and that he, Cook and Xavier are going to make a nice trio.
And the stats you presented needs to have the number of snaps each played to put them in perspective a bit better. The percent caught is the only stat that can be compared. Well that and the 6 TD's to 2. Especially since it came with less snaps.
I really wouldn't be counting on him to be our starting nickel this year, just because he was a reasonably high draft pick doesn't mean he is solidified as a long term starter for the Vikes.
I do expect that Robinson's play will improve this year, if not, his time with the Vikings will be short. I also think he will be primarily used as an outside corner. If he comes into his own, then Cook is the most likely casualty in years to come.
I'm not sure what the number of snaps has to do with it. The real number is Thrown At when you start looking at the percentages, but here ya go, Whinny had 1057 snaps, to Robs 651.
And I think he is a perfect fit for the nickel. Loves to tackle (even for a small guy - aka Whinny), is a good tackler and can run fast enough to stay with whomever comes out.
With a bit more (not a lot when you look at his and Whinny's stats) improvement on his coverage skills, he should do pretty good. In fact, I think he will be better than Whinny cause Whinny never really did cover well in my book.
If you project Robinson's numbers with the same number of snaps, the table would look like:
Thrown at 120 - 90
Reception 87 - 60
% Caught 73 - 67
Yads 801 - 575
YAC 166 - 222
Long 30 - 41
TD 10 - 2
INT 3 - 3
Passes Defensed 2 - 6
In reading up on the guy it sounds like he has never played inside. He is small which goes against him for nickel (yes, winfield was great, but he is a rare exception), his speed is better suited for outside corner. Inside corners don't need elite speed, they need to be tough and react quick.
Robinson may be able to convert, but in my eyes, he is a project at best for now. If you see him getting a lot of reps in training camp and pre-season then you can start to judge whether he has potential. Right now though I have no reason to believe he will excel at nickel.
Another guy's take on using Robinson as an inside corner.
Minnesota Vikings still have a long road despite draft success | StarTribune.com
2 An inside dilemma
Antoine Winfieldís exit has coach Leslie Frazier and defensive coordinator Alan Williams searching for a new slot cornerback to excel in their defense. At first glance, it appears Rhodes and Chris Cook are the best bets to start outside. But that doesnít mean Josh Robinson will immediately be plugged in as the top slot option. Robinson, remember, worked exclusively outside during his rookie year. He hasnít had much training as an inside corner and currently lacks the feel to be a reliable difference-maker inside. Donít forget, late last year when Winfield missed time in Weeks 16 and 17 because of a hand injury, the Vikings went with Marcus Sherels over Robinson in the slot.
Frazier and Williams still might give Robinson an extended look inside. But theyíre also wide open to other possibilities. Bobby Felder, a 2012 practice squadder, has the coaching staff intrigued. Safety Robert Blanton, a converted corner, is also making a major push for more playing time and could find his quickest opening as the fifth DB in the nickel. Another option could include sliding Cook inside in nickel packages with Robinson coming in as the second outside guy. Let the experimenting begin.
How about this one....
Josh Robinson - Minnesota Vikings - 2013 Player Profile - Rotoworld.com