- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A few thoughts on the second of the Minnesota Vikings' two seventh-round picks.
The pick: Edmond Robinson, LB, Newberry
My take: The final round of the draft is all about projection, and Robinson certainly has the physical traits to merit a pick at the end of the draft. He stands 6-foot-3, weighs 245 pounds and ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. He'll have to add weight, and will see a big jump in competition after playing at Division II Newberry, but perhaps the Vikings will be able to get something out of him.
Humble roots: Robinson is the first player in 41 years to be drafted from Newberry, and just the second in school history. The only other draft pick from the college was linebacker Greg Hartle, who went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of the 1974 draft and stayed in the league until 1976. This year, Robinson was one of only two Division II players to be invited to the combine. But he's not the only Newberry product on the Vikings' roster; tight end Brandon Bostick, who went undrafted, is also from the school.
Coverage versatility: At Newberry, Robinson lined up over slot receivers at linebacker and even moved back to safety at times. His quickness and size means he should be able to handle matchups with tight ends, though he'll have to show he can stay with them even if he adds weight. The Vikings will likely look to get Robinson on a strength program quickly, and see how he develops from there.
Edmond Robinson was one of only two Division II players invited to this year's NFL combine.