Tide's Robinson agrees to 3-year deal with Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Ramzee Robinson of Alabama, the last player selected in the NFL draft, has agreed to a three-year deal with the Detroit Lions.
Robinson agreed in principle to the deal Thursday, his agent, Andrew Benedict, said Friday.
Messages seeking comment were left Friday with the Lions.
The 5-foot-10, 186-pound cornerback from Alabama became the 23rd player to be recognized as Mr. Irrelevant, a moniker given to the final player selected in the NFL draft. Robinson was chosen in the seventh round in April with the 255th selection, the last of Detroit's eight picks.
Robinson, 23, started 36 of 50 games he played in with the Crimson Tide. He finished his career with 148 tackles — 100 of them solo — 3.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He broke up 22 passes and had four interceptions for 96 yards in returns and a touchdown.
Critics cite his small size and lack of NFL speed — he ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash. But his ability to play cornerback, nickel back and on special teams, coupled with his work ethic, could give him a shot at the practice squad if not the active roster.
Robinson expects to sign the contract early next week, Benedict said.
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