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    Marcus Roberson to enter NFL draft
    Updated: January 3, 2014, 6:29 PM ET
    ESPN.com news services


    Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson will pass up his final year with the Gators and enter the NFL draft, the school announced Friday.

    SportsFlorida cornerback Marcus Roberson will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

    After recovering from knee and ankle injuries, Roberson had 11 tackles and broke up three passes in seven games this season. He had 56 tackles, 17 pass breakups and three interceptions in his career.

    ESPN's Todd McShay and Scouts Inc. consider Roberson to be a likely late-first-round pick in the May draft.


    "I'm very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me to get to this point in my career, from Tony Meacham, my academic adviser, to Jeff Dillman to Coach Muschamp and the entire coaching staff," Roberson said in a statement released by the Gators. "It's been a great experience here, and now that it is over I can truly appreciate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level."

    Roberson was an All-SEC second-team selection in 2012.

    The move leaves Florida extremely thin at cornerback. Roberson is the second Florida corner to declare early for the draft this year after Loucheiz Purifoy said he will turn pro in November. Defensive tackle Dominique Easley has also said he is leaving Florida early to enter the draft.

    "Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "Marcus was part of our first recruiting class, and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays, and like all of our players, I encourage them to return to complete his degree."

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    By Arjuna Ramgopal


    WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
    Marcus Roberson (AP)

    Marcus Roberson (right) struggled with injuries at Florida, missing five games in 2013, and did not impress at the combine. (AP)

    MARCUS ROBERSON

    Position: Cornerback

    School: Florida

    Height: 6-foot-0

    Weight: 191 pounds

    Achievements: 2012 AP All-SEC second team


    What he brings: A good-sized corner, Roberson is a tough, physical player who has good ability and instincts. While he can get too reliant on his frame and commit infractions down the field, Roberson presents as an ideal corner for the NFL. However, his 4.61 40-yard dash at the scouting combine is a concern, showing a lack of top-end speed. And while Roberson is willing to tackle, he lacks ideal strength and can get manhandled in the run game. Roberson only benched 225 pounds eight times at the combine. Roberson also has injury concerns, battling ankle and knee injuries throughout his time at Florida.

    Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2

    Notes: Roberson missed five games as a junior in 2013 due to injury. He finished with 11 tackles and three pass breakups. He only had three career interceptions. … Roberson was arrested for underage drinking in September 2011. He also was suspended for a game in 2013 for violating team rules.


    Ok so what happen to make him go undrafted? Thoughts? Did we score on this guy?

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    Re: Marcus Roberson

    I love this pickup. I was really hoping we would have taken him in the 7th round. I know a little while ago Dane Brugler had Roberson as a top 30 prospect and potentially even the #1 CB.

    Roberson is a very technically sound player. Everything you want in a corner he possesses. I know he's had injury issues as well as off-field concerns, no clue why he slipped this badly though.

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    • #3
      He needs to get, and stay, healthy.

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      • #4
        Re: Marcus Roberson

        Marcus Roberson (right) struggled with injuries at Florida, missing five games in 2013, and did not impress at the combine. (AP)
        Wonder if he'll be able to overcome this injury stigma.




        Undrafted Free Agents 2014:
        St. Louis Rams sign Florida CB Marcus Roberson

        Fansided / BY PATRICK SCHMIDT
        MAY 12TH, 2014 AT 3:48 PM

        Marcus Roberson didn’t hear his name called during the 2014 NFL Draft which had to be a stunning and jarring surprise for the former Florida Gators cornerback who had been viewed as a first round pick earlier in the college football season.

        Despite not hearing his name called during the seven rounds, Roberson will have a chance to make an NFL roster after the St. Louis Rams signed him as an undrafted free agent.

        Roberson had a disappointing junior season that saw him miss games due to a lingering knee injury and subsequently ran a sluggish time in the 40 and was even suspended for violation of team rules in a perfect storm of destroying your draft stock.

        Ranked as the No. 103 player on Todd McShay’s prospect list, Roberson has the skills to be a worthwhile risk for the Rams who had one of the best drafts–at least on paper–and perhaps he can learn a thing or two from former Florida cornerback and current Rams No. 1 corner, Janoris Jenkins, who was dismissed from Florida and had to rehab his stock after experiencing some off-the-field incidents.

        Roberson appeared in 30 games in his college career with 56 combined tackles, three interceptions, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble while also getting limited experience as a punt returner.

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        • #5
          Re: Marcus Roberson

          From a talent standpoint, by far the best value of the entire draft/fa process for us. Posseses pro-bowl caliber skills, though he is not particularly fast or quick. If he can stay healthy and out of trouble, the nickel corner position is his to lose, IMO.

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          • #6
            Re: Marcus Roberson

            from what i've seen he needs to shed blocks better...and is it me or does he seem to shy away from contact?

            I mean i've seen him give some big hits, but i've also seen him not go after a guy to finish a play...

            but hey, he stripped the ball from the hands of Mike Evans in the endzone to prevent a TD, good play in my book

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            • #7
              Re: Marcus Roberson

              So battling for the 3rd and 4th corner spots we have the following:

              Greg Reid
              Brandon Mcgee
              Rodney Mcloud
              Lamarcus Joyner
              Marcus Roberson
              EJ Gaines

              Out of this group only 3 make it. You know Joyner and Mcloud make it based off of versatilty so it appears that 4 players and vying for 1 maybe 2 spots...

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              • #8
                Re: Marcus Roberson

                Originally posted by bruce4life View Post
                So battling for the 3rd and 4th corner spots we have the following:

                Greg Reid
                Brandon Mcgee
                Rodney Mcloud
                Lamarcus Joyner
                Marcus Roberson
                EJ Gaines

                Out of this group only 3 make it. You know Joyner and Mcloud make it based off of versatilty so it appears that 4 players and vying for 1 maybe 2 spots...
                6 men enter 3 men leave!

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                • #9
                  Re: Marcus Roberson

                  Originally posted by bruce4life View Post
                  So battling for the 3rd and 4th corner spots we have the following:

                  Greg Reid
                  Brandon Mcgee
                  Rodney Mcloud
                  Lamarcus Joyner
                  Marcus Roberson
                  EJ Gaines

                  Out of this group only 3 make it. You know Joyner and Mcloud make it based off of versatilty so it appears that 4 players and vying for 1 maybe 2 spots...
                  Too early to tell, but it's doubtful a player with a second round grade (Roberson) can be hidden on the practice squad unless injuries play a role.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Marcus Roberson

                    Originally posted by turbofargo View Post
                    6 men enter 3 men leave!
                    We want Thunderdome!!!!

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                      Marcus Roberson refuses to let what happened — or didn’t happen — during last month’s NFL draft hold him back.

                      “You can’t control the uncontrollable,’’ said Roberson, a former University of Florida cornerback who wasn’t picked and signed with the Rams as a free agent shortly after the draft. “My opportunity is here and now and it’s up to me to try and make the best of it. My focus is on making the team and doing whatever I can to help the Rams.’’

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                      “I felt like this was a place where I could fit in well,’’ said Roberson, who received a $15,000 signing bonus. “It’s a good system with a great coaching staff that can teach me a lot. I played in an NFL-type scheme at Florida and that’s helped with the transition. Still, learning the plays and the terminology’s a little different. But I definitely feel like I’m catching on and getting more comfortable every day.’’

                      The Rams, who held their first of 10 organized team activities Tuesday at Rams Park, addressed a need by adding a number of cornerbacks in the offseason, including sixth-round draft pick E.J. Gaines from Missouri as well as rookie free agents Roberson and Greg Reid (Florida State). Holdovers at the position are starters Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, plus backups Brandon McGee and Darren Woodward.

                      In addition, second-round draft pick Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State) and rookie free agent Jarrid Bryant (South Dakota) are listed as defensive backs, capable off playing corner or safety.

                      “It’s a strong group,’’ Roberson said. “But competition is what pushes you to get better.’’

                      Spirited competition is nothing new for Roberson, a product of perennial national prep power St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

                      It led all high schools in drafted players this year, with four — Joyner by the Rams in the second round, Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward by the Falcons in the third round, Miami guard Brandon Linder by the Jaguars in the third round and Wisconsin running back James White by the Patriots in the fourth round.

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