James Robinson was not drafted, but has signed a free agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville did not draft any running backs, they have signed another free agent RB, Tavian Feaster of South Carolina (Feaster transferred from Clemson as a graduate assistant).
Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 UDFA signings
- RB James Robinson
- CB Kobe Wilson
- OL Doug Costin
- WR Josh Hammond
- DB Amari Henderson
- LS Ross Matiscik
- CB Luq Barcoo
- LB Nate Evans
- TE Ben Ellefson
- OT Steven Nielsen
- RB Tavian Feaster
- S J.R. Reed
Rockford Lutheran High School teammate TE Nate Wieting has signed up with the Cleveland Browns.
- Cleveland Browns free agent signings – SIGNINGS
- Round 1, Pick No. 10: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
- Round 2, Pick No. 44: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
- Round 3, Pick No. 88: Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri
- Round 3, Pick No. 97: Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
- Round 4, Pick No. 115: Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
- Round 5, Pick No. 160: Nick Harris, C, Washington
- Round 6, Pick No. 187: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
The Browns did draft a TE in the 4th Round Harrison Bryant of Florida Atlantic.
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(4-9-20) In high school at Rockford (Illinois) Lutheran Running Back James Robinson would start four seasons for the Crusaders, during that time he would break the Illinois High School rushing record (9,045 yards, 2012-2015 (1888, 2469, 2,227, 2,361)). During his high school career critics would say it was to easy for him to accomplish that feat playing against much smaller schools. You had to see him play, he was one of the best running backs to come out of Illinois.
Robinson would forgo a big-time D I school to go to nearby FCS (Football Championship Division) school Illinois State, which turned out to be the perfect match. He was named to the 2019 FCS All-American first team, he was a 3rd team selection in 2018.
During his career he rushed for 4,444 yards, 44 rushing touchdowns, 5,218 all-purpose yards and 46 total touchdowns scored.
James Robinson (Illinois State RB)
Robinson was invited to attend this year’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Which is a giant step for a FCS player looking to get drafted.
Dan Schmelzer of Fansided.com said this about Robinson’s draft choice qualities
Robinson is not the most explosive running back in the 2020 NFL draft class, but his overall skill-set certainly makes him such an intriguing prospect. He has incredible ball carrier vision and the quickness to get to the hole once it opens up. His burst is average at best, but Robinson has impressive short-area quickness that helps make him elusive in the open field.
Robinson is not only quick, but he is also powerful at the point of attack. He does a great job of keeping his feet moving and picking up extra yards after the first contact and has fantastic natural contact balance. Robinson has a knack for keeping his feet throughout contact.
Robinson, playing against some of the best players in the country was impressive in this year’s East West-Shrine Bowl game, rushing for 80 yards and a TD on the ground and 56 receiving yards.
Former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson talked about Robinson’s potential after his TD run on the NFL Network:
“He’s a two-time Walter Payton Award finalist. That means the best player in FCS. Big guy, strong between the tackles, and as I mentioned, they questioned his long speed, but on this run, he actually showed that he has decent speed. Maybe not burner speed, but this is good enough.“
Robinson has proven during his time in high school and college that no matter what level he has played at he can do the job. The upcoming NFL draft predictions have Robinson predicted as going as high as a 3rd round draft choice. If he doesn’t get drafted…he will have plenty of free agent opportunities to select from. (does this remind you of Fred VanVleet at all, now a NBA World Champion)
Can Robinson succeed in the NFL? Yes…is the answer. We will find out what direction he will go when the ‘selections take place virtually via phone and internet‘, the NFL Draft starts on April 23rd.
Did you know?
Robinson’s teammate at Rockford Lutheran Nate Wieting just finished his college career at Iowa. The walk-on TE, who started by the end of his career with the Hawkeyes, may get the call as a free agent from a NFL team. The big TE got some positive extra exposure at this year’s NFLPA Bowl game.