After addressing the position once in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have gone back to the edge rusher well in the hopes of bolstering their pass rush this upcoming season.
With the #th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Janarius Robinson, a defensive end from Florida State University.
Robinson was a three-year starter for the Seminoles, spending most of his snaps lining up on the boundary in a two-point stance. It will be interesting to see him make the transition to a more “hand in the dirt” defensive end with the Vikings’ defense.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic has Robinson as the #26 edge defender in this year’s draft class. Here’s what Brugler has to say about Robinson:
Robinson was blessed with long arms, huge hands and smooth acceleration, doing his best work as a downhill rusher. However, he didn’t put enough impact plays on tape, struggling to maximize those gifts or play with balance through contact. Overall, Robinson has a projectable body with high-upside traits, but he must develop his play instincts and creativity as a pass rusher if he is going to earn and keep an NFL roster spot.
Well, as we always say when the Vikings draft a defensive lineman, if there’s anyone that can get the most out of an outstanding athlete, it’s Andre Patterson and company. We’ll have to see what they can do with this young man.
Welcome to Minnesota, Janarius Robinson!