Dec 28, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Mason Robinson (24) returns a punt as Virginia Tech Hokies running back Martin Scales (25) attempts to make the tackle during the second quarter of the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl at the Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Today, we are going to take a break from UDFA profiles to do a profile of a camp invitee. Yesterday, this young man was the first player mentioned by Rex Ryan when asked who impressed on the first day of rookie camp. He is a local prospect, graduating from Rutgers University. He played on both sides of the ball in school, and on special teams. We are talking about Mason Robinson.
Mason Robinson stands at 5’9″, and weighs in at 187 pounds. At Rutgers’ pro day, Mason ran the forty yard dash in 4.52 seconds (per NFL Draft Scout), which would have put him in the top 5 amongst DBs at the NFL Combine. The video below posted a 4.35 forty time, which obviously is far better.
Here are his stats from Rutgers:
Here are his kick return stats:
And on defense……………
The Jets used him quite a bit on defense during day one of minicamp. Here is some Rutgers video to watch on Mason:
PROS: Mason Robinson has a nose for the football. Whether he is coming over to help, or on his guy man-to-man, he knows where that football is and he can go and get it. I like his footwork when he is working man to man coverage. On kick returns, Mike Westhoff would have loved this kid. He goes north/south, and fast. He doesn’t dance, he takes the ball forward. And his speed is obviously near-elite.
CONS: He may have a tough time with press coverage at the next level. Besides the fact that it doesn’t get used often at the college level, Robinson is small. He might get fought off by bigger receivers at the next level, standing at 5’9″.
Rex Ryan loves versatile players, and Mason Robinson is versatile. He had a good start on day one. We will see if it continues, and he can make a mark on this football team.