"Yeah, it's always good to go somewhere where you know somebody," Robinson admitted. "It's always good—everybody knows that. It gives me a little bit more confidence knowing that they like Iowa guys."
Working in his favor, besides Nate Kaeding and Mike Goff on the roster, is the sight of an undrafted free agent signed a year ago, Howard Hodges, still on the roster.
That is where the favors end.
Derreck Robinson had an embattled career at Iowa, laced with suspensions and discipline.
He finally arrived on the collegiate scene as a senior and is seen as a player with upside. But he faces many obstacles on the road to a roster spot. Robinson is being targeted as a defensive end and will face competition from new and old alike.
To make the roster, he will have to beat out players such as Adrian Dingle and DeQuincy Scott. He will also have to fend off the challenges of Robert Pollard and Adell Duckett.
In all likelihood, he has playing for a spot on the eight man practice squad.
Scouting Report furnished by TFY Draft Preview:
Derreck Robinson School: Iowa
Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 289 40: 5.02 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 47/8.5/2 as a senior, also breaking up 3 passes.
Positives: Productive lineman who plays better than his size/speed numbers. Breaks down well, bends at the knees and rarely off his feet. Displays the ability to move laterally and string plays out to the flanks. Flashes on the scene and displays suddeness.
Negatives: Must develop more moves with his hands to come free of blocks. Stiff and does not play with great balance. Lacks footwork in reverse dropping into coverage.
Analysis: A defensive end with growth potential, Robinson has the ability to eventually develop in a two-gap system. Must commit himself to football and improve his game to have any chance of sticking at the next level.
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