Merlin Robertson
Merlin Robertson  LB  Arizona State | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Merlin Robertson
Height
6-3
Weight
223
College
Arizona State
Position
LB
Class
Senior
Home town
Carson, CA
74.0/100
Player Rating
42
PositionRank (LB)
4.75
FortyYD Time
Sacks
2.5
Fumbles Forced
1
Tackles
83
Sol tackles
34

Merlin Robertson LB Arizona State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Merlin Robertson LB Arizona State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

PLAY STYLE: BOX LB
Last Updated: 04/28/2023
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.75 seconds (39%*)
Age: 24.5 DOB: 12/07/1999
Bowl Invite: Hulu Bowl
Measurables:
Height: 6-3 (75%*) Weight: 223 (4%*)
Hands: 9 3/8 (37%*) Arm: 31 5/8 (36%*) Span: 76 2/8 (82%*)
Forty: 4.75 (P) (39%*) Shuttle: 4.47 (P) (14%*)
Vertical: 33 (P) (38%*) Broad: 121 (P) (73%*)
Three Cone: 7.19 (P) (38%*) Bench: 20 (P) (34%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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PLAY STYLE: BOX LB
Last Updated: 04/28/2023
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.75 seconds (39%*)
Age: 24.5 DOB: 12/07/1999
Bowl Invite: Hulu Bowl
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 6-3 (75%*) Weight: 223 (4%*)
Hands: 9 3/8 (37%*) Arm: 31 5/8 (36%*)
Span: 76 2/8 (82%*)
Forty: 4.75 (P) (39%*) Shuttle: 4.47 (P) (14%*)
Vertical: 33 (P) (38%*) Broad: 121 (P) (73%*)
3 Cone: 7.19 (P) (38%*) Bench: 20 (P) (34%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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Overall Rating: 74.0 / 100
Average rating of opposition Offense player has faced
Offense Rating:
76%
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Tackling:
68%
Pass Rush:
63%
Run Defense:
54%
Coverage:
50%
DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA
Overall Rank: #316 Position rank: #42
College Games: 53 College Snaps: 3305
Grade: 4 ESPN  Stars 4 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 82/100
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #32 Pos Rank: #5 State Rank: #20
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 4  Stars 247 Sports 95 Stars 247 RATING: 95/100
Ovr Rank: #129 Pos Rank: #8
Grade: 4 Stars 4 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.9 (97%)
Draft Profile: Bio
Merlin Robertson from Junipero Serra High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Robertson joined Arizona State after being heavily recruited.

In 2018 as a freshman Robertson saw action in 12 games and played a total of 749 snaps at linebacker for the Sun Devils. He recorded decent 55 tackles, 23 assists, while adding 35 stops. In coverage Robertson notched up one pass breakup, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 76.7. As a pass rusher, he added 28 total pressures, which included 15 QB hurries, 7 QB hits, and 6 sacks on the season.

As a sophomore for the Sun Devils in 2019 Robertson played in 13 games and took part in 881 snaps for the Sun Devils. He recorded 45 tackles, 19 assists, while adding 25 stops. In coverage Robertson made 2 pass breakups, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 114.2. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 17 total pressures, and 8 QB hurries, 6 QB hits, and 3 sacks during the year.

In 2020 as a junior Robertson played in 4 games and contributed on 229 snaps. He recorded 18 tackles, 8 assists while making 6 stops. In coverage Robertson chalked up no pass breakups, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 76.8. As a pass rusher, he produced 4 total pressures, which included 3 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks on the year.

In 2021 as a senior Robertson logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 629 snaps for the Sun Devils. He also added 49 tackles, 17 assists, and 29 stops. While in coverage Robertson made one pass breakup, 3 interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 61.2. As a pass rusher, he tallied 3 total pressures, which included 2 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks on the season.

In 2022 as a fifth year senior Robertson logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 817 snaps for the Sun Devils. He also added decent 52 tackles, 25 assists, and 31 stops. While in coverage Robertson made one pass breakup, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 107.7. As a pass rusher, he tallied 10 total pressures, which included 6 QB hurries, one QB hit, and 3 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • In coverage, Robertson shows excellent awareness and anticipation when dropping back into zone, and he has the fluidity and speed to run with most tight ends over the middle.
  • A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.
  • Good all-around athlete with very good short-area quickness and fluidity
  • Robertson has an excellent feel for working off blockers and knowing how and when to counter as the play goes on.
  • Has the combination of size and athleticism worthy of development.
  • He’s rangy and instinctive when he’s looking into the backfield as a zone defender.
  • He has the take on skills to play the Mike, shedding blockers with violent hands and plenty of functional strength. Robertson accelerates quickly in space and has closing speed.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Builds to top speed and must take the right line to beat backs to the edge.
  • Lacks functional strength in the pass rush, struggling to disengage and too easily pushed past the pocket.
  • Robertson doesn’t play with enough physicality to fight through blocks; he’ll need to be covered up in order to maximize his playmaking.

Merlin Robertson percentiles vs other Linebackers (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

How other scouting services rate Merlin Robertson (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
362.0
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
58.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.