Scouting Portfolio, Brian Robinson Jr, RB, Alabama

Jersey#: No.4 | Year: Sr | Height: 6003 | Weight: 226 | Forty: 4.54e | Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL | High School: Hillcrest | Projection: Day Three

Overview: Like a coal-fueled locomotive, Robinson Jr. gets rolling the more he is fed the ball. A powerful runner who doesn’t go down upon first contact, he possesses thick, powerful thighs, which accounts for great lower body strength. The Tuscaloosa native darts through holes with his quick burst and fast decision-making, as he embraces contact, rather than trying to avoid it. Once he gets steamrolling, Robinson Jr. is extremely tough to bring down and is able to push the pile forward. Forcing him to the outside is the best way to contain him, as it allows quicker defenders to chase him down in pursuit and stand up his momentum. On occasion, he can tend to hold the ball loose like a loaf of bread. While fumbling hasn’t necessarily been an issue, you would like to see him tighten up that aspect of his game. His athleticism is somewhat limited, as he can make the first defender miss but don’t expect much more after that. However, Robinson Jr. isn’t valued for his finesse aspect. They’ll motion him out as a receiver at times and he has also filled in as kick returner when needed but overall, this is a bulldozer runner who is highly competitive. The Crimson Tide have churned out running backs like eskimos build igloos and Robinson has bided his time patiently behind numerous backs who have gone onto the NFL, while maximizing his opportunities. He could really thrive in a zone blocking scheme that would take advantage of his one-cut and up running style, much like Terrell Davis was used with the Broncos. It’s quite possible that Alabama has two running backs chosen inside the top 100 in 2021.

Background: Switched his number from No.24 to No.4. Elite national running back prospect from Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa; rated as a unanimous four-star recruit. Rushed for 990 yards on 161 attempts with 18 rushing touchdowns as a senior while adding 24 receptions for 302 yards and two scores under coach Sam Adams. Chose Alabama over Auburn, Georgia and Ole Miss.  

Career: One of the most appealing assets for NFL teams will be the lack of tread on the tires. With just 183 career carries for 878 yards (4.8 average), Robinson Jr has relatively fresh legs. He also caught 10 balls for 124 yards in 2019.