Dane Robinson- DT/DE- Buffalo
Pass rush/Closing Ability/Moves & Counter Moves: Is a little slow out of the gate. Can be a second late exploding off the line at the snap. Can beat guards one-on-one. Quarterback pressures are high. Forces the quarterback to the middle of the pocket, keeping outside contain. Has the speed to disrupt the pocket and rush the passer. Robinson relies on a bull rush that is largely ineffective. With size/speed combination Robinson would benefit from head and hip fakes, plus a spin move.
Pursuit/Lateral Movement & Agility: Has good speed, but does not get outside the tackle box. Is active and athletic. Moves easily. Is not slow or sluggish. Will pursue past the line of scrimmage and to the ball away.
Quickness/Explosion: At times Robinson looks extremely quick and explosive, and on other plays he is easily controlled by one lineman. Has quick feet and can move in space. Chops his feet well. Can dominate guards in space, but is not quick enough to move outside.
Run Defend/Recognition: Was often double-teamed from the three-tech position by the playside guard and center. Many MAC teams run zone schemes, leaving Robinson as the focal point of many blocking assignments. Does a good job holding his ground. Was not blown off the ball in three games reviewed. Will struggle against zone schemes and can get walled off and turned around.
Size/Length/Hand Size: Is undersized at 6’2 and only 272lbs. Is working with Eric Johnson of WPI to gain weight and add strength. Appears lean. Has a frame that can hold more weight.
Strength/Shed Blocks: Can be stood up if the guard beats him to the snap. Is not strong enough to break free and re-direct. Will struggle when linemen get their hands in to him. When he fires off quickly and low, Robinson can drive the lineman back, collapsing the pocket. Must be more consistent. Will benefit from NFL weight program.
Tackling: Did not put up impressive numbers in the pass-heavy MAC. Robinson is an able tackler, coming up just short on many sacks and TFLs. Can do a better job of keeping his eyes up to locate ball carrier. May not have great statistics, but is responsible for setting up many tackles.
Technique/Hand Use/Leverage: Has very good technique. Uses his height to gain leverage against taller blockers. Fires out low. Great pad height. Fires off with his arms ready for contact. Keeps linemen off his legs. Has good hand speed. Has a nice shoulder dip to keep his arms free to tackle. Is most comfortable firing out of a three-point stance. Good body lean. Uses his legs to power him against bigger guards. Doesn’t get blown back off the ball, but can get washed down the line and walled off.
Versatility: Has played left end and defensive tackle in the Buffs 4-3 scheme. Has the ability to play in a 1, 3, 5 or 6-tech. Could play almost any spot on the defensive line. Robinson is also currently training with Michael Dean Perry and Chuck Wiley at WPI this off-season as a five-tech and seven-tech.
Injuries: Thumb injury sidelined Robinson for three games during 2008 season.
Final Assessment: Robinson’s technique is impressive. For a player who regularly gives up 30-50lbs to offensive linemen, he does a great job showing up. Robinson is not likely to be drafted, but has the potential to land on a NFL roster after training camp. Would be a very valuable asset to any CFL or UFL team.
Worth noting: Robinson was suspended for the first two games of the 2009 season by Coach Turner Gill. However, upon learning that Gill would leave Buffalo for Kansas after the ’09 season, Robinson wrote a very flattering letter to the KU Football Department praising Coach Gill.
Draft Recommendation: UDFA- Camp Player
Ideal Scheme: 4-3 (Tampa 2 or similar)
Played in 11 games and started six…missed three games with a thumb injury…had 14
tackles on the season…led the team with four quarterback hurries…had 1.5
sacks…forced a fumble…had two tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a quarterback
hurry against Pittsburgh (9/6)…had a solo tackle and two quarterback hurries
against Temple (9/13)…had a pair of tackles against Ohio (10/28)…had a half sack
on a fourth down play against Ball State in the MAC Championship game.
Played in all 12 games and started 10 at nose tackle had 18 tackles (eight solo) on
the season…added three tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry…had two tackles, one
for a loss and a quarterback hurry against Ohio (10/4)…had three tackles, including
one for a loss against Akron (10/25) also had three tackles against Bowling Green
(11/17)…had two or more tackles in seven games.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2006)
Made four starts and appeared in eight games total…had 13 total tackles for the season…recorded two tackles at Northern Illinois (9/16)…made one solo tackle in his first career start at Auburn (9/23)…made four total tackles and two tackles for loss against Miami (OH) (10/15)…recorded sacks against both Boston College(10/28) and Kent State (11/4).
Redshirted in his first season at Buffalo.
An All-Area and All-Baltimore selection at Calvert Hall for coach Jay Robinson…had 94 tackles, 12 for loss including 3.5 sacks as a senior while earning honorable mention All- State kudos…earned four letters and was a captain once…also played basketball for the Cardinals.