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This dude is a HUGE sleeper in the draft. I just kind of saw him today when I was going through NFLDS's database. Check out his profile.

Name: Darrell Robertson

College: Georgia Tech

Number: 90

Height: 6-4

Weight: 247

Position: DE

Class/Draft Year: Sr/2008

40 Time: 4.76

40 Low: 4.69

40 High: 4.87

Projected Round: 2-3

Rated number 7 out of 169 DE's

60 / 2546 TOTAL

Draft Scout Snapshot: 2007: The left defensive end recorded 33 tackles (22 solos), as he ranked eighth in the conference with 6.5 sacks for minus 34 yards and tied for third in the ACC (21st nationally) with sixteen stops for losses of 61 yards& Added eleven quarterback pressures, as he caused a pair of fumbles and recovered two others, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown& On 50 rushing attempts directed at Robertson, he held the opposition to minus 57 yards (-1.58 avg) on the ground (best among Division 1-A defensive linemen)& Stopped opposing ball carriers three times at the line of scrimmage for no gain on rushing attempts and posted six of his tackles inside the red zone, including three on goal-line plays& Sixteen of his stops came on third-down plays. 14 GP; 12 GS; 54 TT, 7 TFL, 3 SK, 1 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 FF in '06. 12 GP; 4 GS; 15 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH in '05. 12 GP; 0 GS; 5 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK in '04.

Overview

Robertson is one of the most important defensive players to wear a Yellow Jackets uniform since safety Pat Swilling (1982-85) terrorized opposing offenses. The talented pass rusher has outstanding speed coming off the edge and his ability to get into the opposing backfields helped the Yellow Jackets become one of college football's elite defensive units in 2007. His stellar play as a senior was a big reason Georgia Tech's run defense was so impressive.

At Jonesboro High School, Robertson lettered four times in football and three times in basketball. He earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 honors. He was rated the 21st-best prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com, 26th by TheInsiders.com and 27th by Super Prep. He added first-team All-State Class AAAAA honors, in addition to receiving first-team All-Clayton/Henry County Area accolades by the Journal-Constitution.

Robertson was rated the 16th-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com and the 25th-best defensive end by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and ESPN. The Prep Star All-Southeast Region selection had a banner senior campaign, as he registered 100 tackles, twelve sacks and 23 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

As a true freshman, the 205-pound defensive end appeared in 12 games during the 2004 season at Georgia Tech, playing mostly on the kickoff coverage unit. He recorded five tackles (four solo) and in his most extensive action on defense, he also registered an eight-yard sack vs. Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl.

The lanky defender spent a considerable amount of the 2005 offseason in the training room. He emerged as a rock-solid 230-pound edge rusher who lined up at left defensive end, starting four contests when Eric Henderson was injured. He collected 15 tackles (10 solo) with a 10-yard sack and eight quarterback pressures. He scored on a 28-yard interception return and deflected four passes. On 14 plays vs. the run, the opposition managed 18 yards on the ground vs. Robertson. He made nine third-down tackles and stopped opposing ballcarriers for no gain on three rushing attempts.

In 2006, Robertson garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report. He was part of a three-man defensive rotation with Joseph Anoi and Adamm Oliver, starting 12 of 14 games. He recorded 55 tackles (33 solo) with three sacks, seven behind the line of scrimmage, and seven pressures while also deflecting one pass.

Robertson helped the team rank 20th in the nation in rush defense (104.79 yards per game). He made 50 plays vs. the run, as the opposition managed only 80 yards total on the ground for the season vs. him. He also stopped opposing carriers four times for no gain. He produced 11 third-down stops and had another on fourth-down.

Now playing at 245 pounds, Robertson exhibited tremendous explosion off the snap throughout 2007 preseason drills. That burst carried over to the season opener, as he terrorized the Notre Dame offense in a 33-3 Tech victory. He made seven plays vs. the run that saw the Irish lose 25 yards on those snaps. During the regular season, he made 33 tackles (22 solo) with 6 1/2 sacks and ranked third in the ACC with 16 stops for losses. He caused two fumbles and recovered two others, returning one for a touchdown. He produced 16 third-down stops and in 50 running plays directed at him, the left defensive end held the opposition to minus-57 yards.

In 50 games at Georgia Tech, Robertson started 28 contests. He recorded 108 tackles (69 solo) with 11 1/2 sacks for minus 73 yards, 25 stops for losses of 113 yards and 26 quarterback pressures. On 101 running plays directed at him, the opposition gained only 33 yards (0.33-yard avg) with one first down. He also stopped opposing ballcarriers at the line of scrimmage 10 times. He produced 37 third-down stops and two more on fourth-down. He recovered two fumbles, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown and caused three fumbles. He deflected five passes and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown.

Analysis

Positives: Can carry another 10 pounds of bulk without the additional weight impacting his impressive timed speed...Has a tall, linear frame with good overall muscle tone, a tight abdomen, and good thickness in his thighs and calves...Demonstrates great explosion coming off the snap and gets most of his backside success due to his speed, as he will generally surprise a lethargic offensive tackle...Carries his weight well, showing good balance and body control working his way down the line and has the second gear to generate long pursuit...When playing on the edge, he keeps his pads down and head on a swivel, as he compensates for a lack of ideal bulk with very active hands to deliver counter moves and slip off blocks...Very shifty on the move, with the stop-and-go agility to quickly change direction...Shows good intelligence, great vision and solid alertness to the action around him...Has a good feel for blocking pressure and is quick to digest the playbook...His ability to close on the ball is the result of his decisive moves when flashing into the backfield...Takes a "search and destroy" attitude into the trenches and he is a disciplined player who won't get reckless and take himself out of the play...Might lack the bulk and strength to face up to bigger offensive linemen, but with his hand technique, placement and array of moves, he will generally make the play and not get washed out at the line of scrimmage...Self-made type, adding over 40 pounds of muscle to his frame since arriving on campus as a 205-pound freshman...Vocal type on the field and when he wants to get his point across, his teammates immediately listen...Gets a lot of his success penetrating the backfield with his sudden burst off the snap...Generates the acceleration to take a wide loop around the corner and still pressure the pocket...Stays low in his pads and has the loose hips to redirect, also displaying the second gear needed to excel in long pursuit (see 2007 Notre Dame, Boston College and Army and 2006 Virginia, Duke and Wake Forest games)...Much better playing on the move than when working in-line, making him a better fit as a strong-side linebacker in a 3-4 alignment than by playing in a down position...Compensates for his lack of bulk by using his hands and long reach to keep blockers from getting into his body...Athletic runner with the savvy to avoid trash and while he might get stuck on the bigger people up front, he uses his hands effectively to keep separation... Has the hand punch to shock and push back the lead blocker when trying to clog the rush lanes (allowed just one first down on 76 running plays) and while he is a solid wrap-up tackler, once he grabs a receiver in pass coverage, he locks on and does a good job of rerouting his opponent. His hands are very effective for him keeping separation on the run...Looks very fluid playing down the line. He has that sudden burst to close and pressure the pocket and is quick to get a shoulder on a lethargic blocker...Effective closing on the ball in long pursuit, showing the cat-quick moves you expect from a linebacker...Very good at running down plays along the perimeter and opponents have averaged just 0.33 yards per rushing attempt vs. him throughout his career...Classic wrap-up tackler with enough hand strength to lock on and drag the ball carrier down in the open field...Hits with good thud upon contact and shows very good balance making plays on the move...His body control lets him stay low in his pads and his loose hips are evident by the way he fluidly changes direction...Has become a good leverage player whose read-and-pursuit skills make him relentless getting to the ball...Comes off the edge with a sudden burst and when asked to shoot the gaps, blockers are often surprised by his explosion through the holes (see 2007 Notre Dame, Boston College and Army and 2006 Duke and Wake Forest games)...The thing you see on film since his junior year is that he combines his speed with efficient inside counter moves to pressure the pocket... Stays in control when closing (when he takes aim on the QB, he will get there in an instant)...Shows very good athletic agility when he flexes and bends his knees to get down the line of scrimmage...Quick to react and diagnose the play and shows suddenness tracking down the ball after locating it.

Negatives: Has an ideal frame you look for in a strong-side linebacker or rush end, but will need to add more bulk if a team plans to play him as a down lineman at the next level...As a down lineman, he is too light to combat offensive tackles on a regular basis and must compensate with his quick hands and feet in attempts to escape...The bigger blockers have had good success executing reach blocks on him and he is not effective at splitting double-team activity (must hold his ground longer at the point of attack).

Compares To: JASON TAYLOR-Miami...Some teams feel that Robertson lacks the bulk to face up to the bigger offensive tackles at the next level, but, like Taylor, Robertson is blessed with excellent quickness, good balance and body control and very active hands to counter. He is best playing on the move, as his bulk issues do come into play when trying to combat double teams, but he has that lateral agility and closing burst to get serious consideration as a strong-side linebacker or edge rusher. Those experts that might question his ability to stuff the run need to digest this fact -- in 101 running plays, the opponents have gained only 33 yards and one first down against him.

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not a sleeper. Robertson has been noticed. He's a deadly pass rusher, but lacks tha size to stop tha run effectively. He'll get put out of position a ton. He needs to add some more weight. Him and Wheeler were driving forces on Tech's defense. They'd meet at tha QB so often that it wasnt even funny.

btw, u can always tell when Robertson's on tha field. His neck is as long as a flamingo.

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thakrunk1 (2/17/2008)
not a sleeper. Robertson has been noticed. He's a deadly pass rusher, but lacks tha size to stop tha run effectively. He'll get put out of position a ton. He needs to add some more weight. Him and Wheeler were driving forces on Tech's defense. They'd meet at tha QB so often that it wasnt even funny.

btw, u can always tell when Robertson's on tha field. His neck is as long as a flamingo.

You know, for somebody who lacks the size to stop the run effectively, he sure does stop the run effectively. Read: in 101 running plays, the opponents have gained only 33 yards and one first down against him. On 50 rushing attempts directed at Robertson, he held the opposition to minus 57 yards (-1.58 avg) on the ground (best among Division 1-A defensive linemen)
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thakrunk1 (2/17/2008)
not a sleeper. Robertson has been noticed. He's a deadly pass rusher, but lacks tha size to stop tha run effectively. He'll get put out of position a ton. He needs to add some more weight. Him and Wheeler were driving forces on Tech's defense. They'd meet at tha QB so often that it wasnt even funny.

btw, u can always tell when Robertson's on tha field. His neck is as long as a flamingo.

You know, for somebody who lacks the size to stop the run effectively, he sure does stop the run effectively. Read: in 101 running plays, the opponents have gained only 33 yards and one first down against him. On 50 rushing attempts directed at Robertson, he held the opposition to minus 57 yards (-1.58 avg) on the ground (best among Division 1-A defensive linemen)

believe me when I say that he gets overpowered. I watch Tech football like it's going out of style. it's not like he's stopping tha run by himself one on one every time. He gets help (ie Phillip Wheeler). He's more of a pass rusher than he is a run stopper, plus his frame to tha nfl does not translate as a defensive end. He has special teams quality as well. He's a good player, but dont let tha stats fool you.

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thakrunk1 (2/17/2008)
not a sleeper. Robertson has been noticed. He's a deadly pass rusher, but lacks tha size to stop tha run effectively. He'll get put out of position a ton. He needs to add some more weight. Him and Wheeler were driving forces on Tech's defense. They'd meet at tha QB so often that it wasnt even funny.

btw, u can always tell when Robertson's on tha field. His neck is as long as a flamingo.

No Michael Johnson is the one with the really long neck. Not Robertson.

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........12-19-07........................1-14-08...............2-12-08.........................

1.DT Sedrick Ellis...........1.Ellis, Sedrick (DT)...... 1.Sedric Ellis DT 6-2, 295 USC

2.RB Jonathan Stewart...2.Collins, Anthony (OT)..2.Carl Nicks OT 6-5, 335 Neb

2.QB Joe Flacco..............2.Nicks, Carl (OT)...........2.Joe Flacco QB 6-5, 230 Del

3.ILB Ben Moffit..............3.Flacco, Joe (QB)..........3.*Kevin Smith RB 6-1, 212 CF

4.OT Heath Benedict.......4.Smith, Kevin (RB)........4.Darrell Robertson DE 6-5, 265 GT

4.OT Shannon Boatman..4.Goff, Jonathan (ILB)....4.Ben Moffitt LB 6-1, 240 CF

5.DT Dre Moore..............5.Terrell, Darnell (CB).....5.Drew Radovich OG 6-5, 325 USC

6.DE Adam Oliver...........6.Oliver, Adamm (DE).....6.Marcus Walker CB 5-11, 198, 4.45

6.K Art Carmody.............6.Brown, Thomas (RB).....6.Thomas Brown RB 5-10, 205, 4.48

7.S Jamal Lewis..............7.Serna, Alexis (K)..........7.Best Kicker left K 7-7, 395, 3.12

:Whistling:

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thakrunk1 (2/17/2008)
not a sleeper. Robertson has been noticed. He's a deadly pass rusher, but lacks tha size to stop tha run effectively. He'll get put out of position a ton. He needs to add some more weight. Him and Wheeler were driving forces on Tech's defense. They'd meet at tha QB so often that it wasnt even funny.

btw, u can always tell when Robertson's on tha field. His neck is as long as a flamingo.

No Michael Johnson is the one with the really long neck. Not Robertson.

you're right.

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The guy I really want is Kendall Langford, who will probably go a bit later than Robertson. People are talking about Chris Long as a Justin Tuck type guy, but Langford provides that with a later pick. Guy's 6'6, 294, strong and great against the run and can put pressure on the QB from end or tackle. Robertson's alright, but Langford's versatility plus his pass rushing skills make him who I want.

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jazzyburrell (2/17/2008)
I fell in love with Alberts watching him literally dominate the Texas Tech Defensive middle during the Bowl game. He is a mean azz beast! He loved pushing guys down the field.

Albert would be a huge upgrade over Forney and I like Forney!

Yeah but they are now saing that Albert will be a late 1st rounder .

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Are you suggesting that we draft Robertson and move him to SLB? If we do that, he has to be able to handle zone pass coverage and Boley will have to move to MLB. I would keep my mind open, but the chances of that happening are low.

If you like him as a straight DE, then I would say that there are too many other pressing needs to draft Robertson in the first three rounds.

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