Senior Bowl Q&A: Patrick Robinson

The Florida State cornerback is a top talent despite intercepting only one pass the last two seasons. See what he told about a tough season with the Seminoles.

After intercepting six passes as a sophomore, Patrick Robinson seemed en route to follow in the footsteps of prolific Florida State cornerbacks like Deion Sanders and Terrell Buckley. But Robinson picked off only one pass as a junior and none as a senior.

Nonetheless, at 5-foot-11 and with superb athleticism, Robinson is projected to be a late first-round or early second-round pick in April's draft.

We caught up with Robinson this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Q: The Seminoles' defense struggled this year. Do you think that hurt your draft stock?

A: Personally, I don't think so. You're going to find some nice players, if you're on a bad team or not. I don't think it hurt our stock, in my opinion.

Q: The team's inability to rush the passer and some of the flaws made your job more difficult, though, right?

A: I think the scouts see that with the team not being where it was supposed to be, that just shows our part, playing under pressure. I think that kind of helped us, to be honest.

Q: At practice this week, it looks like you're very physical.

A: Yeah, I try to be.

Q: Watching you, you kind of remind me of the Packers' Al Harris. Same style, same build.

A: My strength and conditioning coach told me the same thing, that I remind him of Al Harris. I'm just trying to play my game and be the best player that I can be.

Q: For the people who haven't seen you, can you describe your style?

A: I try to be fast-paced, physical, and I'm a hard worker, period. I'm a fast-paced guy and I'm just going to work as I can to stop the opponent from scoring.

Q: What did you play? Man? Zone?

A: Nothing but man. Nothing but man on an island.

Q: Judging by that smile, it looks like you like man.

A: Yeah. Well, I had no choice, to be honest. I just got used to it. It started to get fun after a while.

Q: What happened to your interceptions the last couple years? Teams stop throwing it at you?

A: We started playing more man, a lot more man. My sophomore year, we played (Cover-3, Cover-2)) and a little bit of man here and there. Then we decided to play a lot more man.

Q: I remember talking to Charles Woodson this year. He said it's harder to intercept passes when playing man because you're back's turned to the ball.

A: Yes, sir.

Q: Who have you talked to this week?

A: A lot of teams. The Vikings, Chiefs, Panthers, Jets, Rams, Packers. A lot of teams, probably everybody.

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