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Ramzee Robinson 2007′s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’

NFL Draft Logo 2007 Ramzee Robinson University of Alabama Detroit Lions Photo University of Alabama cornerback Ramzee Robinson has the dubious distinction of being the last player taken in the 2007 NFL Draft, making him the honorary “Mr. Irrelevant.” He was taken with the 45th pick in the 7th round, 255 overall, as a compensatory pick by the Detroit Lions.

That coinage dates from the days when the NFL draft lasted fourteen or more rounds. Ramzee Robinson actually has a decent chance of making an NFL roster if he can contribute at least on special teams. He was a three year starter with the Crimson Tide in the toughest division in college football.

Here’s his Scout’s, Inc. profile:

Ramzee Robinson | CB | (5’9″, 182, 4.52) | ALABAMA

Scouts Grade: 30

Flags: (B: BULK/SIZE) Lacks size/bulk for position

Strengths: Shows the ability to change directions quickly, explodes out of cuts and possesses strong short-area man-to-man cover skills. He’s quicker than fast and displays very good quick-twitch athleticism. Gets good knee bend, shows good closing burst and flashes the ability to jump short-to-intermediate routes. Is well-built and flashes the ability to slow receivers down at the line of scrimmage. Possesses good instincts, shows adequate range and rarely gets caught out of position. Plays with a mean streak, times hits well and flashes the ability to knock the ball loose. Plays with a good motor, is willing in run support and always seems to be around the ball at the end of the play. Generally squares up to ball carrier and is a sound open field tackler. Has limited experience returning kicks and can contribute on special teams. Also showed some upside working as a punt return specialist in the Hula Bowl.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal top-end speed, doesn’t show a second gear when tracking the ball and isn’t tall enough to consistently compete for jump balls downfield. While he is physical, he doesn’t have a big frame and taller receivers will have some success shielding him from the ball in the red zone. Doesn’t have great ball skills and isn’t a playmaker when the ball is in the air. Footwork is inconsistent and gets turned around at times. Missed most of the 2005 preseason because of a back injury but durability has not been an issue otherwise.

Overall: Robinson was redshirted in 2002. He played in all 13 games (one start; season finale vs. Hawaii) in 2003 and made 23 total tackles, four pass breakups, and forced one fumble. In 2004, Robinson started all 12 games finishing the season with 42 total tackles, one tackle for loss, and four pass breakups. He played in all 12 games (10 starts) in 2005 and recorded 32 total tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions, and seven pass breakups. In 2006, Robinson started all 13 games, registering 46 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble, and two interceptions returning one for a touchdown.

Robinson’s potential is limited by his lack of height and below average ball skills. However, he displays the instincts, short-area burst and athletic ability to develop into an effective sub-package corner in the NFL if his technique and tackling skills continue to improve. Robinson projects as a late round pick or priority free agent from the 2007 class.

His Roll Tide player profile:

Graduate: Robinson earned his undergraduate degree in Management last May. The only returning starter in the Tide secondary, Robinson will again hold down the left cornerback slot. He heads into his senior season with 23 career starts. Following an outstanding spring practice, Robinson earned the “Mal Moore Leadership” Award.

2006 (Senior): Started all 12 games on the season. Robinson tallied 40 tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, one caused fumble and five pass breakups. He had at least one tackle in all 12 games with five or more tackles four times. He intercepted a pass and returned it 34 yards for his first career touchdown against Florida International. He recorded his first interception of the season against Duke. He had one of his best games at Tennessee with a career-high nine tackles, a caused fumble and two pass breakups. He tallied six tackles with one pass breakup at Florida. He also made six tackles at LSU and five tackles against Auburn. He had two tackles against Vanderbilt, Arkansas and FIU. He had one tackle and a pass breakup against Louisiana Monroe. He was third on the defense with a total of 698 snaps, playing 50 or more snaps in 10 of the 12 games. He had a season-high 74 snaps at Tennessee. He captained the defense against Hawai’i and LSU.

2005 (Junior): The youngest starter in the Alabama secondary, Robinson tied for the team lead in interceptions (2) and ranked second on the team in pass break-ups with seven. Robinson recorded his first career interception against Florida, returning it 21 yards. He combined that with six tackles in helping Bama upset the fifth-ranked Gators. Robinson collected his second interception in the next game against the Ole Miss Rebels. He returned the ball a career high 39 yards to help set up a Bama field goal. Robinson helped anchor a defense that ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, second in total defense, fifth in pass defense sixth in pass efficiency defense and seventh in rushing defense.

2004 (Sophomore): Winner of the Jerry Duncan “I Like to Practice” Award following spring practice, Ramzee played well enough to take over the starting left cornerback slot prior to the season opener. He was the starter in every game and finished with 615 snaps. He had 42 tackles on the season, including one behind the line for three yards. He did not have an interception, but had four passs break-ups. He had a career-high eight tackles in the Arkansas game and had six against Southern Miss. His play at left corner enabled Charlie Peprah to move to the strong safety slot.

2003 (Freshman): Playing in every game, Ramzee earned a start in the season finale against Hawaii. He had a total of 401 snaps and closed with 23 tackles and four pass breakups. He forced one fumble in the South Florida game. He had a career-high four tackles in the Auburn game.

2002 Redshirted

Prep: As a quarterback at Butler High School, Ramzee completed 72 of 114 passes for 1,338 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season. He also rushed for 466 yards on 85 carries and had six rushing TDs. On defense, he turned in 33 tackles and two interceptions while playing cornerback. As a junior, he passed for 1,112 yards and 12 TDs and added 502 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He was an all-city and all-district pick as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was an honorable mention all-state pick as a senior.

Personal: The son of Fedetrice and Edward Robinson, Ramzee has two brothers (Sabir and Edward) and two sisters (Fedetrice and Ravonne). Born 2-20-84. He is a Management major.


Year G T TFL Sacks Int. FC/FR PBU QBP
2003 13 23 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 4 0
2004 12 42 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 4 0
2005 12 32 1-4 0-0 2-60 0-0 7 0
2006 12 40 1.5-4 0-0 2-36 1-0 5 0
Totals 49 140 3.5-11 0-0 4-98 2-0 20 0


Tackles: 9 at Tennessee, 2006
Tackles for Loss: 1 (Three times) Last at LSU, 2006
Yards: 4 at Ole Miss, 2005
Interceptions: 1 (Four times) Last vs. Florida International, 2006
Return Yards: 39 at Ole Miss, 2005
Touchdowns: 1 vs. Florida International, 2006
Pass Break-ups: 2 (Five times) last at Tennessee, 2006
Forced Fumble: 1 (Two times) last at Tennessee, 2006
Kickoff Return: 4 vs. Georgia, 2003
Yards: 83 vs. Georgia, 2003
Long Play: 30 vs. Georgia, 2003

Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:

Strengths: A smooth athlete…Has fluid hips…More quick than fast…Nice recovery speed…A solid tackler who will support the run…Has a lot of experience…Hard worker with excellent intangibles…He could also contribute as both a kick and punt returner.

Weaknesses: A tad undersized and lacks ideal bulk…Is not very instinctive…Timed speed is only average…Questionable hands and isn’t a playmaker…Has some technique issues that’ll need to be resolved…He’s not very physical in coverage…Limited ball skills.

Notes: Was a three-year starter in the SEC…The type who’ll never be a star at the next level but could make a roster as a nickel or dime guy…Real value might come on special teams…Could be a pleasant late round surprise…Underrated coverman

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