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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Love This Trade, Just Looked at His HighLights On NFL.COM And We Have a Potenial Starter.


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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    We now have 4 WRs 24 years old or younger with NFL experience. I don't want to draft a QB in this draft at all if we feel need more help at WR sign a cheap veteran. We will be getting back McMichael who was injured and our running game should be a more interugal part this year especially if Jackson is healthy and better FB and TE blocking.
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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    I really like this trade. A lot of fans on the Falcons message board are angry that the team let him go so easily.

    He doesn't look like a 4.3 runner on tape - probably one of those guys that doesn't play as fast as he times. However, he's obviously fast enough and has some good leaping ability. Being injury prone is his only real weakness as far as I can tell, so he definitely has the potential to start IF he can stay healthy. This might be one of those minor-looking offseason moves that pays big dividends in the end. This is a boom-or-bust pickup, and if he does bust, it won't hurt very much.

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Only Avery has more starting experience yards and touchdowns than Robinson on the current roster. One thing we can say about this receiving core is they are extremely young and extremely fast. Burton is the slowest and he runs a 4.40 everyone else is in the 4.3's. A group Al Davis probably dreams about

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Lifelong Falcons fan here. You guys will enjoy him when he's healthy. I believe he just couldn't crack the starting roster with Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and Harry Douglas. I believe Douglas solid season with Ryan sealed his fate. Best of luck to him.

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Love this move. Speedy guy with good hands and we barely gave up anything. We now have 4 really speed wide receivers, 3 of which can fight for the number 2 spot. Does this mean we go with a big guy like Barden who can be a blocker and an endzone threat to match well with the speed?

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    What a shrewd trade! I like it!, and if he is a bust we don't loose much. It's going to be interesting to see how the organization manages our draft on draft weekend.

    I'm kind of feeling like we are going to see possibly another trade before the draft, possibly a defensive move. And I am also feeling like we may trade back from the #2 spot to a mid 1st round pick. Just my feeling. It looks like the organization is definately trying to get back in decent salary cap shape.

    One other thing, I just don't see Denver starting the season with Kyle Orton as thier starting QB. I'm thinking a possible trade for at least Denver's #12 plus something else, and a 1st rd. pick next year, for our #2 pick.

    I know Denver is needing DEF just as much as us, but I really think they are going to make a move for Mark Sanchez.

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Quote Originally Posted by codeman123 View Post
    Love this move. Speedy guy with good hands and we barely gave up anything. We now have 4 really speed wide receivers, 3 of which can fight for the number 2 spot. Does this mean we go with a big guy like Barden who can be a blocker and an endzone threat to match well with the speed?
    I would rather go with a veteran WR. I don't know that I want to add a 5th young WR. The young guys need playing time. The vets have confidence because they have been there done that. I would prefer we not draft another WR this year.
    What I would rather see drafted:
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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    I'll take it. We didn't lose a pick, just dropped down one pretty much, and we would have probably used those later picks on a WR or two. If he's healthy this could be a steal.

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Man, Devaney are company must be working overtime, because this is one heck of a steal right here ...

    It's rare you steal a player from another team to the point that it pisses all their fans off. There is alot of upset fans in Atlanta, just go check out their boards ...

    This guy has great size, great speed, had a nice rookie year and could be a good player here...

    Kudos to Devaney and crew on this one!

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

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    WR15 - Laurent Robinson, Illinois State
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 199
    40 yard dash: 4.38
    Grade: 65

    Strengths:
    If Laurent Robinson went to a “major” university than he would be on the cusp of being the latest “sleeper” WR to enter the National Football League. Robinson had an amazing season during his junior year where he racked up 1465 yards receiving and accumulated 12 touchdowns. He has excellent speed, and quickness off the blocks and will surprise many by how well he adapts to the competition at the next level.
    Weaknesses:
    Laurent Robinson had one special season at the collegiate level, his junior campaign, unfortunately the other three seasons COMBINED for roughly the same stats. With this kind of inconsistency it must raise at least one red flag in regards to his potential and where his draft stock will land is up in the air.
    Overall:
    Laurent Robinson is going to be a unique “high risk, high reward” draft pick in April. He has a “high ceiling” but could be a potential bust. Given some time to develop some cohesiveness with whomever the QB is of the franchise that selects him in the middle rounds of the draft, Robinson will finally become a consistent performer. Although, he may not be productive in his rookie year, in the future he will pay off a team that has patience to allow him to develop.
    Semper Fi!

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Profile and analysis from NFL Draft Scout...

    Overview

    Always well known in Normal, Illinois, Robinson burst onto the national scene in 2006, and is considered by many to be the premier offensive prospect in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks.

    During his time at Rockledge High School, Robinson led the team to consecutive state championships (team posted consecutive 14-1 records, 2001-02). He earned All-State honorable mention, All-Space Coast first-team and All-Conference accolades as a senior, coming up with 55 receptions for 903 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. Those figures far surpassed his junior season, when he managed only 70 yards and a score on six catches. Robinson earned four letters each in football, basketball and track, earning starting jobs in basketball and football as a junior.

    The high school teammate of Redbird defensive back Jesse Caesar, Robinson played in 12 games at Illinois State during his freshman year. He started six times, including the team's final five games, finishing with 19 catches for 260 yards (13.7 avg) and three touchdowns.

    Robinson started every game at split end for the Redbirds in 2004. He led the team with 44 receptions for 564 yards (12.0 avg) and seven touchdowns, adding three solo tackles. His seven scoring grabs were the most by an Illinois State player since Vito Golson had eight in 2001.

    2005 proved to be Robinson's breakout season. He was a consensus All-American and All-Gateway Conference first-team selection, as he led the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks in yards receiving per game (133.18) and was second nationally with an average of 7.82 receptions per game. Robinson shattered school single-season records with 86 catches for 1,465 yards (17.0 avg), and his 12 touchdown catches rank second on ISU's annual record chart. He also recorded two solo tackles and caused a fumble. Only New Hampshire's David Ball (1,551 yards) gained more yards receiving in 2005 among Division 1-AA receivers.

    Robinson was a major problem for Kansas State in the 2006 season opener, catching nine passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns before an illegal block by a KSU player on a fourth quarter kickoff return would sideline the All-American receiver with an ankle sprain. That injury would sideline single-season record for the next two games against Central Arkansas and Eastern Illinois. He proved how invaluable he was when he returned to the field against Murray State and amassed 121 of the team's 159 receiving yards on six catches with two scores.

    However, in the next game against Southern Illinois, he re-injured his ankle and was forced to sit out the next two games. He returned to start the final five contests, finishing second on the team with 40 receptions for 718 yards (18.0 avg) and seven touchdowns. He also rushed once for a 5-yard gain.

    In 43 games at Illinois State, Robinson started 37 times. He gained 3,007 yards with 29 touchdowns on 192 receptions (15.7 avg) and rushed once for a five-yard gain. Robinson scored 188 points as he registered seven solo tackles with a forced fumble.



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    Positives: Has a lean, angular frame that is built for speed, showing good chest muscle definition with a tapered waist, good shoulder width, tight abdomen, developed thighs and calves...Has excellent body flexibility and hip snap, dropping his weight and keeping his pads down to accelerate instantly coming out of his cuts...Has fine balance in his running stride, executing crisp plant-and-drive skills to get in and out of his breaks...Possesses the speed to challenge the deep secondary and the body control to make adjustments through his routes...Smart, instinctive runner and also does well in the classroom...Picks up plays quickly and is alert to coverages, doing a nice job of finding the soft spot in the zone to settle in...Regarded by the staff the team's "most trustworthy" player, as he works hard in the training and film rooms, showing good self-starting ability...Capable of getting to the ball in a crowd and there is no flinch to him, even when he knows the defense is about to drill him...Has the ability to accelerate into his routes instantly and shows good urgency in and out of his cuts...Demonstrates a crisp running style and does a nice job adjusting his body to get to the underneath throws...His speed lets him drive off the coverage and come back for the easy yards...Takes short, pitter-patter steps to accelerate off the line of scrimmage, and has the explosion to gain on the cornerback and eat the cushion in attempts to challenge deep...Can sink and slip through traffic due to his lateral agility and is very alert of the sidelines, doing a nice job of keeping his feet in bounds...Displays the body control to sink his hips to get better separation in-and-out of his cuts and does a very good job of finding the soft spot and settling in vs. zone coverage...Whether working underneath or attacking the deep zone, Robinson's hip snap and ability to ride up the defensive back lets him gain immediate separation after the catch...Shows the nimbleness to maintain balance and turn instantly to head up field after the catch...Maintains good focus when looking the ball in, and does not hesitate to get vertical to make the play...Best when contorting his body and looking the ball in over his shoulder on deep routes...Has developed good hand mechanics to extend for the ball away from the frame...Will sometimes revert to body catching, but has the timing and snatch ability to get to the ball at its high point...Needs to add some more bulk and strength, but has that second gear and burst to leave defenders grabbing at air...Has no problem competing with the opponent after contact, and has the balance and leg drive to stay up after taking the initial hit.

    Negatives: Has functional playing power, but will need to upgrade in this area to prevent from being rerouted by the more physical pro defensive backs...Earlier in his career, Robinson did not utilize his explosiveness with consistency in attempts to get a clean release off the snap...Could use some more bulk to escape the jam, but has more than enough quickness to escape and get back on the stem...Demonstrates sure hands to look the ball in, but must be more conscious of securing the ball before heading up field)...Shows better consistency getting into his routes than earlier in his career (used to take some soft angle cuts)...Still learning how to vary his speed, but has shown improvement each week, as he no longer out-runs the ball and is smart enough to uncover and has the burst to go down field in a flash...More of a pester-type of blocker than one who will face up at the line of scrimmage.

    Compares To: LAVERANUES COLES-New York Jets-Like Coles, Robinson has that explosive running stride and acceleration to separate after the catch. Both are fearless catching in a crowd and show great sideline awareness, body control and loose hips to turn a short catch into a big play.

    Good trade. Didn't give up a pick and got a promising player that could challenge for a starting role. Can't ask for much more in a trade than that.

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Interesting prospectus indeed. Derek Stanley might be used more at returning kicks if Robinson does well.

    Thanks SB99 for the video -- got to 'learn' about Laurent a little. // And thanks to the Falcons visitors too, for the good word on this new acquisition. Maybe LR has St. Louie to call home for awhile; he may develop into a good pro ... might even help us forget Bennett.

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    we've already forgotten about Bennett with his playing ... but Bennett will always be known as the player who cause the Rams to release Isaac Bruce

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    Re: Rams trade for Atlanta WR Laurent Robinson

    Nice vid SB, I can't help but to pump up my boy Luke Drone when you can all see him throwing some sweet passes to our new wide out. He was signed by the Bills as an undrafted FA but was cut before the season started. He now plays for Peoria in an indoor football league, and he could be the next Kurt Warner, keep an eye on him He could definitely be that developmental QB the Rams have been needing.

    Sorry, for a small town of about 8000 it's a big deal to get someone who is even close to going to the pros.
    Anyways back to the guy that made him look pretty darn good in college...

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