Borrowing the popular idea from the NFL Network, our Saints coverage team came up with our ranking of the top 25 players on the Saints’ roster heading into the 2012 season. The idea is to make these rankings as current as possible – essentially deciding who would be the best players on the field if they lined up for a game today. Therefore, past accomplishments and potential are both factored in.
Obviously that led to some tough decisions, and obviously that will lead to plenty of second guessing. And we’d love to hear it. Feel free to vote on the rankings and add your comments below as we unveil the list daily leading up to the start of training camp.
NO. 19 CB PATRICK ROBINSON
Age: 24. Year: 2. Ht., Wt. 5-11, 190.
SAINTS COLUMNIST MIKE TRIPLETT’S TAKE:
Robinson has the talent to soar up this list in the next year or two, especially since he plays one of the most important positions on the field in today’s pass-happy NFL. The 5-11, 190-pound speedster clearly grew more confident during his second pro season last year, and he has emerged as a bona fide starter in the NFL with the potential to be a standout at the position. The Saints obviously trusted the former first-round draft pick enough to let veteran Tracy Porter go in free agency.
Robinson is still working on his consistency, and he occasionally got beat deep last year. But his confidence clearly surged last season, and he seemed like the only member of the secondary actually able to reel in an interception with four of them. He may have more looks at INTs under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme, which features less man-to-man coverage and more zone.
SAINTS CB JABARI GREER’S TAKE:
“I think Patrick has great instinct. Great football intelligence. Incredible quickness. He has a great transition in and out of the break. And his first step out of the break is one of the quickest that I’ve seen in a long time. I compare him to a guy that I played with (in Buffalo), Terrence McGee, as far as his foot quickness, his low center of gravity. He’s built like a cornerback.”
What’s your take on Robinson’s ranking? Too high? Too low? Just right? Give us your take in the comment stream below.