NFL Draft 2015: Colts Select RB Josh Robinson in the Sixth Round


With the 205th pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Josh Robinson, running back from Mississippi State.

The Colts made a move back to offense with Robinson after taking four straight defenders. While the team worked to address the position in the offseason, the Colts still have a need for a healthy young back.

Robinson measured in at 5-7 and 217 pounds. He played in 38 games, including 15 starts for the Bulldogs. In that time, Robinson rushed for 1,997 yards and 15 touchdowns. His senior year was by far the most productive with over 1,200 yards and 11 of his touchdowns.

Robinson averaged an impressive 6.3 yards per carry for his career, while facing top tier opponents in the SEC.

The Colts signed Frank Gore to take over the primary running back duties this offseason, but they have a clear need for depth. Vick Ballard is coming off back-to-back season ending injuries after a solid rookie season (more concerning, both injuries happened in non-contact drills in practice).

Dan Herron came on late last season, but he’s little more than a rotational player. The Colts also have Zurlon Tipton and Jeff Demps on the roster. 

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Robinson is a tough runner who routinely breaks through tackles and gets yards after contact. He is decisive and generally makes a hard cut before heading up field. He’s good at changing direction, finding the hole, and making the best read.

Robinson isn’t a great receiver and rant the simplest of routes in college. He needs to work on tracking the ball and catching it with his hands (instead of his pads). A decent pass blocker, but sometimes tries to block too high and gets blown up.

His faults are largely correctable with more reps and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him on the field this season.

The Colts have more picks in the draft, so stay tuned.