Report: Mike Tomlin & Kevin Colbert All Over Michigan State FS Trent Robinson At Pro Day

Not only did Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin seem interested in Michigan Sate quarterback Kirk Cousins while attending in town for the MSU pro day, but Tony Pauline reports today via Twitter that both Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert were all over safety Trent Robinson on Wednesday as well. Of course we will have to wait and see if Pauline expands on that in his daily pro day write up, but the Steelers certainly could be looking at a later round safety to draft in April.


Robinson measured in at the NFL combine last month at 5096 and weighed 195 pounds. He had a 31 1/2 arm length and posted an unofficial 40 yard dash time of 4.52 seconds. He did 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench and posted a 35 inch vertical jump to go along with a 10\’5 broad jump. Robinson was a four-year letter winner at MSU and had 229 tackles, nine interceptions and 12 pass break-ups in 46 career games at free safety where he started 32 games. He was credited with 80 tackles his senior season.

Robinson is regarded as a physical safety physically that is not afraid to help in run support and he possesses good footwork and hip movement in coverage. He is currently regarded as a 4th or 5th round prospect and could indeed be in-line for a pre draft visit to Pittsburgh in the coming weeks.

I will update this post with more information when the full pro daily reports from MSU come in.

Trent Robinson, FS (5-9 7/8, 193) — He ran 4.42 and 4.43 in the 40. He had a 4.28 short shuttle and 7.08 cone drill. He looked good in position drills, showing really good feet. There’s some question if he can be a cornerback in the NFL. He came to college as a corner and was moved to safety.

  • calisteel

    Comparing him to troy ………

  • Paul

    Tooooooooooooo short

  • He is a bit on the short side, but he fits the scheme.

  • I don’t think it will happen, but I am hoping Rolle surprises us all.

  • Mike Mayock had come good things to say about Robinson, after his pro day.

    “I think what (NFL teams get in Robinson) is a true free safety. There are too many box safeties out there right now with the proliferation of all the spread offenses in the NFL right now. Any safety that can drop down and cover a slot without having to substitute the nickel package, it adds some value. Hopefully Trenton is one of those guys.”

  • Dave

    He’s the same listed height as Polamalu

  • mghjr88

    I don’t think Rolle is going to surprise anyone

  • mghjr88

    CBSSPORTS.COM – Trent Robinson MSU. FS
    Man Coverage: Looks like a corner, but doesn’t quite move like one. Fair hip fluidity when changing directions, but not enough to adjust to top-notch NFL route-runners. When his feet are moving, stays with slot receivers on double-moves. Lacks recovery speed to catch receivers if he stands still waiting for them to arrive. Needs work on backpedalling to prevent defenders from getting behind him.

    Zone Coverage: Teams relying heavily on zone may try him at corner because of size/speed. Picks up crossing routes well from the hash, uses cornerback speed to chase and cut in front of passes when possible. A step late to pick up deep out when corner takes the shallow route, also takes time to recognize comeback route at the first down marker.

    Ball Skills: Makes the easy interception, at times with hands away from his frame. Always find the ball quickly enough to at least a hand on it, has nice arm length and gives great effort to rip the ball from the receiver’s hands. Short stature, however, will hurt him downfield in jump ball situations against taller, stronger NFL receivers.

    Run Support: Not afraid to stick his nose into traffic against the run despite his size. Comes off the edge on run blitzes regularly. Gives all effort to wrap and drag down bigger backs. Does not spend much time in the box. Lacks bulk and size to hold up against lineman inside at the next level.

    Tackling: Uses long arms (longer than expected given his height) and speed to track down ballcarriers in the open field. Not a big thumper, but will take his shot if a receiver is trying to make the extra yard. Will leave his feet or duck his head at times, leading to missed tackles against stronger ballcarriers.

    Intangibles: Hard-working team leader who has earned the respect of his coaches for his work ethic and gets the most out of his physical gifts. Does not back down from any challenge.

    –Chad Reuter

  • Paul

    Polamalu was drafted before WRs got huge, today they are 6”3 and up. most of the better safetys now are well over 6 ft