Merlin Robertson
Merlin Robertson  LB  Arizona State | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Merlin Robertson
Arizona State
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Carson, CA
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Merlin Robertson LB Arizona State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Merlin Robertson LB Arizona State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #307 Position Rank: #39 (LB)
40 time: 4.68 seconds
Height: 6-3 Weight: 235
Hands: 9 3/4 Arms: 32 7/8 Span: 78
Date of Birth: 12/07/1999 Age: 22.11
Overall Rating: 76.8 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #39
College Games: 53 College Snaps: 3305
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (82/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #32 Pos Rank: #5 State Rank: #20
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247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (95/100 )
Ovr Rank: #129 Pos Rank: #8
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 solid 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 a decent a decent 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 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 solid 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 very good 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.
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. Very good playing strength and has worked hard in the weight room, adding bulk and filling out his frame.
  • 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 the functional strength and physicality to fight through blocks; he’ll need to be covered up in order to maximize his playmaking.
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