By John Helsley
While Mel Kiper and Todd McShay fire out their ever-evolving dueling mock drafts, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford and Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen dominate the quarterback buzz.
The mocking doesn’t extend far enough to reveal OSU’s Zac Robinson.
But that doesn’t mean there’s not a place for Robinson in the NFL.
After a subpar senior season with the Cowboys, a season influenced heavily by injuries, a healthy Robinson earned a closer look with his practices and play at the Senior Bowl, then again at the NFL Combine.
He’s got the measurables: size, buy-some-time speed, solid fundamentals and the one thing that had been in question: arm strength.
Robinson is also tough and smart and coachable, factors that should put him on the map with more than one organization.
In an ESPN examination of draft sleepers Friday, Aaron Schatz of the Football Outsiders included Robinson as one of his 10 to watch. And Robinson is the lone quarterback on the list.
What Schatz wrote:
“Of all the quarterbacks who actually threw at the combine, Robinson might have been the most surprising. He played in a spread offense with the Cowboys but has a pro-style overhand delivery, solid seven-step drops and the arm strength to make the 35-yard post-corner throw. The spread stigma will limit his draft prospects, but Robinson has the mechanics to transcend the issues common to most who fail in that transition.”
My guess, somebody’s going to take Robinson in the mid to later rounds and someday be thankful. He may never become an NFL starter, but he could develop into a solid backup. And he could be a Seneca Wallace-type situational QB right away.
Again, Robinson is smart. And a classy kid. And he’s better, much better, than he showed as a senior, when hamstring and shoulder woes and a lack of reliable wideouts wrecked his sendoff.
There are a lot worse options walking around in backward ball caps as No. 3 NFL quarterbacks.
The sense here is the football story of Zac Robinson hasn’t neared its final chapter.