EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A small part of why the Minnesota Vikings chose left tackle Matt Kalil over cornerback Morris Claiborne in Round 1 of the 2012 NFL draft: The chances of finding a starting-caliber cornerback later in the draft were higher than if they were looking for a starting left tackle.
And so it came to be that the Vikings drafted Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson early in the third round Friday night. Robinson had the fastest 40 time at the scouting combine in February, running it in 4.33 seconds, and that speed along with a 38 1/2 inch vertical leap give him the raw skills that the Vikings hope will help him develop quickly into a contributor if not a rookie starter.
"Some of the plays he makes on tape really stand out because of those athletic traits," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said.
Robinson left school a year early and turned 21 in January, so he might need some development time. But I'm trying to remember the last time the Vikings had a defensive player with this kind of speed. I can't.