Minnesota Vikings 2013 Breakout Candidate: Josh Robinson

By Andrew Fisher
Minnesota Vikings

Right now there’s a bit of a changing of the guard in the Minnesota Vikings‘ secondary. If the unit wasn’t already young enough, long-time cornerback Antoine Winfield became a salary cap casualty this past spring. His departure leaves the Minnesota secondary without a veteran presence, a with a big hole to fill.

Josh Robinson is going to be the guy called upon to replace Winfield. Yes, you can’t really ‘replace’ veteran leadership, but Robinson is quicker and more athletic than his former mentor. In fact, Robinson was the fastest guy in last year’s draft, running a legit 4.33/40.

Robinson had a solid rookie campaign, but at times it was obvious that he was indeed a rook. He got picked on frequently, and was just clearly overmatched against some of the league’s taller receivers.

The speedy corner said when he entered the league that he wanted to be a No. 1 guy. That’s probably not going to happen now that the Vikings drafted the taller Xavier Rhodes to play on the outside, but for now Robinson is in line to start the season opposite of Chris Cook.

Eventually the shorter Robinson will probably end up in the nickel position on a frequent basis, but he’ll have plenty of opportunities to show that he can get it done anywhere on the field in 2013. In only the second-year of his career, he’s being called upon to play a huge role on this Vikings team. He has all the physical tools to get the job done, and with an entire year under his belt, Robinson will prove to be a breakout star in Minnesota this year.


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