When the Redskins selected receiver Aldrick Robinson in the sixth round (178th overall), they knew that they had raw talent on their hands.
Robinson hailed from Southern Methodist University and was indoctrinated into the Run-n-Shoot offense, which traditionally doesn’t translate smoothly to the pros. But Robinson possessed game-changing speed, running a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in April.
Rolling the dice on the speedster, Robinson got his first NFL opportunity in the second half of the first preseason game against Pittsburgh. Back deep to return a punt, Robinson literally let opportunity slip through his hands–twice. He muffed two consecutive punts, and that was his last appearance on the field.
“I was just too anxious to play I think,” he said after the game. ”I was running before I had the ball, looking downfield to see who I gotta make miss, before I even caught the ball. Basically I was trying to establish myself as a playmaker before I could even catch the pun...