Drafted: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 8 (ATL)
Draft Profile: BioBijan Robinson while playing for Salpointe Catholic High School averaged an incredible 13.7 yards per carry and topped 2,000 yards three times - as a result, was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. Robinson was the No. 1 high school running back prospect in the country in 2020, making him one of eight five-star recruits Texas has signed over the past five classes.
In 2020 as a freshman he burst onto the scene seeing action in 9 games for the Longhorns as he ran for 705 yards on 87 attempts for an average of 8.1 yards per carry adding with 4 TDs, and a fumble. As a receiver, he made 15 receptions for 196 yards.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played in 10 games. and rushed for 1127 yards on 195 carries for an average of 5.8 ypc, with 11 TDs, and 3 fumbles. In the passing game, he pulled in 26 receptions for 293 yards.
Robinson was Named first-team All-Big 12 by conference coaches and the Associated Press and furthermore, awarded a Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award, and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, semifinalist.
In 2022 as a junior Robinson saw action in 12 games for the Longhorns. He ran for an elite 1575 yards on 257 attempts for 6.1 ypc, with 18 TDs, with 2 fumbles. As a receiver, he made 19 receptions for 314 yards.
Honors & awards
- A third-year running back who has played in 31 games and made 28 starts
- Winner of the 2022 Doak Walker Award
- Ranks fourth all-time in Longhorn history with 3,410 rushing yards and 41 total touchdowns (33 rushing, eight receiving)
- Unanimous All-American in 2022, the fourth UT running back to earn the honor, joining James Saxton (1961), Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1997, ‘98)
- Finished ninth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2022
- Has 18 career 100-yard rushing games, including a streak of seven-straight games that is the third-longest in program history
- His 33 career rushing touchdowns are the third-most in Texas history
- Ranks fourth all-time in UT history in tandem yards (4,215), eighth in all-purpose yards (4,231) and ninth in points scored (246)
- A 2022 preseason watch list candidate for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Wuerffel Trophy
- Chosen the 2022 Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the year and a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 Preseason Team
- Named a preseason first-team All-American and first-team All-Big 12 by Phil Steele in 2022
- Tabbed by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Sporting News as a Preseason First-Team All-American
- Named a 2021 semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
- An All-Big 12 First Team honoree by league coaches and the Associated Press
- Also earned honorable mention Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
- Selected to the 2021 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year watch list
- A preseason first-team All-American and first-team All-Big 12 selection by Phil Steele in 2021
- Selected to the ESPN Preseason All-America team
- Named to the 2021 Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason All-America Second Team
- A 2021 first team All-Big 12 Preseason selection by Athlon Sports
- Chosen to the 2021 All-Big 12 Preseason Team
- Earned honorable mention as Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2020
- The 2020 Valero Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP
- Set the school record for yards per carry in a game (19.1 vs. Kansas State) and for a season (8.2 ypc) as a freshman
- Was an All-American and two-time state player of the year in Arizona
- Participated in the 2020 All-American Bowl
- The first player in Arizona high school football history to twice win the Ed Doherty Award as the state’s top player
- Left high school as Arizona’s all-time touchdown leader (114) and its leading rusher (7,036)
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Robinson brings a nice blend of size, speed and power. His best attribute is his relentlessness; He consistently thrashes through tacklers to turn minimal gains into long ones.
- He’s aggressive and willing, with more than enough size when asked to chip block or pick up blitzers. He has the potential to be one of the league’s best in that area.
- He has very good vision and a knack for picking out cut-back lanes and then breaking off chunks of yardage.
- Does a nice job of detecting holes in the line and when he sees one he has an impressive burst
- Possesses quick feet and straight-line speed although doesn't have the elite burst to be a constant big-play threat. Is patient as a runner, following pulling guards and makes good decisions on his cut.
- Fights for extra yardage and is reliable in short-yardage situations.
- Very well-balanced runner who is able to run with ease through all but the heaviest tackles without going to the ground
- Well-developed moves make excellent use of the stiff arm, has an elite-level spin move and a beautiful stutter step
- Despite being a big back is still able to cut on a dime - and is a natural quick twitch player
- Good receiver with decent hands who can explode for big gains if given the space
- Consistent pass blocker - with an instinct to pick up pass rushers
- He keeps his pads low and consistently falls forward. Unlike most backs his size, he has the lateral movement and stop-start ability to make defenders whiff. Robinson has breakaway speed in the open field.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- While he has very good speed it isn't elite - you won't see him run away from DBs
- Can be a little indecisive and hesitant at the line of scrimmage.
- Robinson can sometimes be impatient, not allowing his blocks to set up, a nuance required for backs to last a decade-plus.
- Robinson's contact balance is not elite
- Needs to learn to become more controlled with movements
- Sometimes steers himself into dead ends
- To often plays with his pads too high
- Resorts to body-catching on passing downs
- Plays with too much wasted motion
- Doesn't always fully extend or sustain blocks
Scouting Report: SummaryBijan Robinson is an impressive athlete with ideal size and power for a traditional workhorse back. Has produced wherever he has played and looks like the kind of player who twenty years ago could be viewed as a likely number-one overall pick. Given the current lack of demand for running backs in the NFL, especially as high selections, it's unlikely he'll be a top ten selection but he's not likely going to last past the 20th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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