Nickell Robey, the pride of Frostproof, FL., has found a place in the NFL. The 5-foot-7 cornerback has signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent, just one hour after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft. Robey reunites with Robert Woods, who was taken by Buffalo in the second round.
While at USC, Robey had an interesting career trajectory, as he built an early reputation as a strong cover corner, which forced teams to throw away from him and target the Trojans’ weaker defensive backs at junior in 2012.
In just his fourth career game, he had two interceptions at Washington State, including one of which he returned for a touchdown. In three seasons, Robey totaled seven interceptions, three of which were returned as pick sixes. The most famous one? His loud swipe of Andrew Luck in 2011.
Robey had a lot to overcome in the draft however, as his small stature was an obstacle for many teams. The former Trojan told reporters at the Combine that his height was a detriment to his draft stock, though a 4.53 time in the 40-yard dash didn’t help his original draft projection that saw him in the third or fourth round. What may have helped his size issue however, is that Chicago’s Tim Jennings led the league in interceptions in 2012, despite standing at a mere 5-foot-8.
Going into this week’s draft, Robey was expected to go in the sixth round.