Profile: Daevon Robinson
Position: Tight End
High School: Medford (N.J.) Shawnee
Scouting Report: Robinson, who will have his projected position shifted to tight end in the next set of expanded rankings, is an intriguing prospect because of his combination of size and ball skills.
He is not the hand-in-the-dirt tight end of year's past, but rather the new style of tight end who will line up split from the line of scrimmage more than he will be next to a tackle.
N.C. State recruited him to move around in formations, and the Wolfpack hope to create mismatches across the field because of his size and athleticism.
Robinson can line up in the slot, and his speed could be difficult for a linebacker to handle. If he gets off the line of scrimmage cleanly, the linebacker will struggle to run with him down the field, and keep up with him out of breaks. If a safety or cornerback comes down to cover him, his size advantage will be an asset.
However, before lining up in the slot, Robinson will have to add strength, particularly in the upper body, or it will be easy to jam him at the line and re-route him.
At Shawnee, Robinson lines up wide as well. His size makes it hard on small cornerbacks, and his hand-eye coordination and his ability to high-point the ball make him a difficult mismatch, particularly in the red zone. He needs to be sharper coming out of breaks, and increase his explosion, but his length and willingness to use his body enables him to catch the ball in traffic.
In the running game, he will have to learn technique. He has to be able to explode into the defensive end or linebacker coming off the edge. He has the frame and attitude to block on the line of scrimmage, and once the strength comes, he should be an asset because of his versatility.
Final Analysis: Robinson will need a bit of development time because he will be doing a few things at N.C. State he is not asked to do in high school. His ability to get on the field will be measured in gains made in the weight room, but he has a lot of potential. It is not often a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder shows the athleticism and balls skills Robinson displays. Keeping the athleticism while adding weight and strength will be the key.