The Vikings signed a few WRs in the UDFA market after the draft, one of which was Korey Robertson out of Southern Miss. Robertson had a break-out season in 2017, with over 1,000 yards receiving and 12 TDs in 13 games.
Let’s take a closer look at him.
Analyzing Korey Robertson’s Game
Robertson has good size and decent speed for a receiver. He’s 6’1”, 212lbs., ran a 4.56” 40, and had a 34” vertical jump.
Looking at Robertson’s tape, one thing becomes apparent early on: he uses his size and strength well. In fact, that appears to be his metier as a receiver. QBs throw it up to him- sometimes double or triple covered, and he comes down with it more often than not.
The issue with Robertson, at least at the NFL level, is that he may not have the speed and quickness to gain much separation from opposing DBs, so he’ll need improve his route running to gain more separation that way. He’ll also need to improve on his 6.8% drop rate.
His ability to come down with contested catches is impressive, and he could be a bit of a mismatch for smaller corners. Overall, he is similar in most respects to Laquon Treadwell, but he hasn’t faced the level of competition Treadwell had at Ole Miss, and is behind Treadwell in terms of route running.
But overall, Robertson has shown excellent ability to win contested catches, and use his body and strength effectively at the catch point. I suspect he’ll have an easier time, given his strength, working past press coverage, but he’ll still need to improve his route running to win a roster spot against some good competition in training camp.