Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has an almost mystical reputation in the NFL as a coach that can take troubled player and get the most out of their talent. He will be tested by the Chiefs third pick of the fourth round of the NFL Draft, Florida wide receiver, Demarcus Robinson.
Robinson (6-1, 203 lbs) is widely considered to have the kind of off-the-charts talent to be one of the top receivers in this draft, but he carries more baggage than a Kardashian Family Reunion. After the Chiefs selected Robinson, Todd McShay of ESPN said that Robinson was one of the top ten athletes in the entire draft, and yet he fell to the bottom of the fourth round. He had numerous off-the-field run-ins and was suspended by the University of Florida four separate times by two different coaching staffs. However, three of those were during his freshman year at Florida when Robinson said he was suffering from a drug addiction that he subsequently went to rehab to correct.
Talent-wise, he is compared to former Steelers/Dolphins/Vikings and current Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, Mike Wallace, who was one of the most difficult receivers to cover in the league when he was with Pittsburgh. However, he could never regain that dominance in two deeply disappointing years in Miami and one wasted year in Minnesota last season when the Vikings seemingly couldn’t throw the ball into a lake while standing in a canoe. The Ravens snatched Wallace up in free agency last month.
If the Chiefs strong locker room and coaching staff can get Robinson’s production to approach his talent, they might have found a Pro Bowler in the fourth round. If not, the local tabloids and talk radio shows may have plenty of things to talk about.
The Chiefs next picks are #162 and #165 overall in the fifth round.