Mike Shanahan selected 21 players in the 2011 and 2012 drafts, and the seventeen who remain on the roster are set to enter a critical stage in their development. In the coming weeks, Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will take a look at what those players have accomplished thus far and what they still must do in order to solidify their status in the NFL.
Who: Keenan Robinson
Position: Inside linebacker
Draft year/round/pick: 2012/4/119th
Career to date: This is going to be a relatively short review, unfortunately for Robinson and the Redskins.
Since being drafted two years ago, the promising Texas product has appeared in only 11 games (all as a rookie) after tearing both of his pectoral muscles.
In 2012, Robinson had just started to get some meaningful snaps when he suffered a season-ending right pectoral injury on Thanksgiving. He had surgery, rehabbed diligently in the offseason and then tore his left pec on the first day of training camp in Richmond. This time his season was over before it started.
The plan had been for Robinson to play a key role as a backup London Fletcher and/or Perry Riley.
Outlook for 2014: Fletcher is set to retire. Riley, like most of the Redskins’ starters on defense, is set to become a free agent (though he’s likely to return).
So there’s going to be a chance for Robinson to work his way back into the Redskins’ plans. But how quickly he’s able to do that depends on a couple of things. Logic suggests the Redskins will either spend a high pick on an inside linebacker or sign a high-profile free agent to pair with Riley, who could slide over to the ‘Mike’ position. It also depends on whether Robinson is able to return to form after missing almost a season and a half.
Brian Orakpo made a full recovery from a similar injury last season. So there's hope for Robinson. But, as we’re constantly reminded, every player recovers differently.