Packers Path To Draft: Part 1

The Florida State cornerback's strength and conditioning coach has compared him to one of the Packers' veteran cornerbacks. The Packers, who talked to Robinson this week, need to add talent to a secondary that was picked apart by the top quarterbacks.

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. He could be a prime target for a team that was dissected by the league's top cornerbacks this season.

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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