Oct 13, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Southern California Trojans cornerback Nickell Robey (21) during the game against the Washington Huskies at CenturyLink Field. USC defeated Washington 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Projections: Nickell Robey

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When or where will Nickell Robey get drafted? Perhaps not as early as originally thought. The 5-foot-7 and change corner has a tall order ahead of him in the NFL, though he has the ball skills and ability to become a shutdown corner that make him an interesting NFL prospect.

The name of the game for Robey is his small stature and it’s a storyline that has dominated his draft stock, in addition to 40-yard dash times that have been somewhat disappointing for Robey.

Robey told the Orange County Register’s Michael Lev that three more inches to his height would put him among the top five picks in the draft, and he nearly guaranteed that he’d run the 40-yard dash in the 4.2 range, only to wind up running a 4.53.

While Robey is surely ambitious, it goes to show how the NFL values big, fast cornerbacks. With receivers like Calvin Johnson dominating the league, tiny corners have their work cut out for them.

Though, if there’s one silver lining for Robey, it’s that the Chicago Bears’ Tim Jennings led the NFL in interceptions last season, while measuring at 5-foot-8. You have to think that Robey has played that card a million times over in meetings with prospective teams, especially since the the league is sold on the Seattle Seahawks’ 6-foot-3 Richard Sherman being the new prototypical NFL cornerback.

Fairly or not, size and speed have eaten away at Robey’s draft stock to a degree. That said, he’s still talented enough to get his name called at Radio City Music Hall, and if you’re betting on it, throw a sawbuck down on the sixth round.

Current Projections

Staff DraftSite.com: 6th Round, 185th overall to Dallas Cowboys [Link]
Walter Cherepinsky of Walter Football: 6th Round, 195th overall to Houston Texas [Link]
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report: 6th Round, 180th overall to San Francisco [Link]

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