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Brian Robiskie Spends Time Training With Past and Current NFL Players

Written by Daniel Wolf
Article originally posted on Dawg Scooper: An Unofficial Cleveland Browns News Source

Brian Robiskie has been destined to become a Cleveland Brown wide receiver since he grew up in Northeast Ohio during his father's tenure as one of the Browns coaches in the early 2000s.

Robiskie went to high school and played football at Chagrin Falls High School where he set many receiving records for the school.

After high school, he went to college at Ohio State University where he saw minimal playing time during his freshman and sophomore years, but was named the starting receiver before he began his junior year.

Robiskie had a breakout junior year with over 800 yards receiving, but saw his production fall again during his senior year due to coach Jim Tressel changing quarterbacks which also changing the offensive scheme.

Robiskie has shown in college that he can break away from defenders to get open, he has very reliable hands and he has the height to get up for the jump ball in the back of the end zone.

Even though Robiskie had his ups and downs in college, he was still touted by many as a "sure thing" and "the most NFL-ready receiver in the 2009 NFL draft."

With a father who has been a wide receivers coach for many years, it almost seems like Robiskie has been groomed to be a receiver since birth.

Projected as a low first round or high second round selection, Robiskie was selected in the second round, pick 36, by the team he grew up watching while living in the Cleveland suburbs.

The Browns have many questions at the wide receiver position and choosing a player who is very smart, disciplined and consistent will help a receiver group that has been completely dismantled and rebuilt.

Experts say that Robiskie has the best chance to become the starting receiver opposite of starter Braylon Edwards, but with veterans David Patten, Mike Furrey, Josh Cribbs and rookie Mohamed Massaquoi on the roster (among others not listed too) there will be plenty of competition at receiver during training camp.

Robiskie may have a step ahead of the other receivers on the roster, not only because he was groomed to be a NFL receiver, but he also attended a wide receiver camp that took place in Minnesota over a two-week period recently.

The camp was created by Minnesota native and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, of the Arizona Cardinals, at the new stadium for the University of Minnesota.

The first week of the camp was hosted by future Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice who still holds almost every single receiving record in the NFL books.

The second week was taken over by another future Hall of Fame receiver, Cris Carter.

These training sessions specifically focused on technique, speed, agility, strength and route running.

One of the other attendees, Lee Evans of the Buffalo Bills, said, "The way Cris teaches us to run a route, I never heard it put that way."

"What he was teaching wasn't new. It's just the way he said it that you could relate to."

The fact that Robiskie was in attendance shows his passion for the game and his desire to be great and may just give him an extra step in the competition for the starting receiver spot for the Browns.

Other receivers in attendance were Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers, Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos, Michael Clayton of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Sidney Rice of the Minnesota Vikings.

Non-receivers also in attendance were Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall, New Orleans Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth, Arizona Cardinal tight end Dominique Byrd and St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis.

1 comment:

  1. I do not usually plug YouTube videos, but a simple search of Robiskie will show some very impressive clips of his jumping ability in traffic. That is a huge asset in the pros. Look at a guy like Michael Irvin.