Rookie Review: Keenan Robinson

Rookie Review: Keenan Robinson
January 20, 2013, 9:30 am
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In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at the Redskins’ rookies, grade their performance in 2012 and take a look at their future prospects.

Today, we’re examining linebacker Keenan Robinson.

Drafted: Fourth round (119th).

Stats: Eleven games; no starts; 11 tackles on defense.

Grade: B

2012: After being used sparingly in the first two games, Robinson grew into a regular on special teams. When London Fletcher suffered a sprained ankle in Philadelphia, Robinson saw his playing time on defense increase. Unfortunately, the Texas product suffered a torn pectoral muscle against the Cowboys, ending his season in Week 11.

Prospects: It’s unclear when Robinson will return – the injury required surgery and is similar to Brian Orakpo’s – but prior to getting hurt he had impressed coaches. If Robinson is 100-percent come training camp, it’s not unreasonable to expect the imposing 6 foot 3, 238-pounder to challenge for an expanded role on defense, particularly given the potential for turnover. London Fletcher, 37, hasn't committed to returning for a 16th season, while Lorenzo Alexander and Rob Jackson are free agents and could receive attractive offers elsewhere.