S Kenny Robinson
Weight: 203 lbs
College: West Virginia
NFL stats: N/A (Rookie)
Depth Chart Projection: Backup
It's a little unclear as to where the Panthers will eventually put Robinson in the secondary, but I wouldn't be shocked to see him play some nickel behind Jeremy Chinn. No matter where he goes in the secondary, he's going to have to earn his way on the field. Juston Burris and Tre Boston are two veterans that aren't going to be beat out right now and Chinn has been very impressive so far in camp.
Robinson is the perfect fit for this defense because he can play multiple positions. He has great size and length, which leads me to believe that defensive coordinator Phil Snow will play him in the box from time to time. Robinson played both corner and safety at West Virginia, so regardless of where he is put, it shouldn't be a foreign position to him. His best attribute is probably his coverage skills over the middle and down the field. He does a good job contesting deep balls and rarely lets a receiver get behind him. A former high school wide receiver, Robinson has really good hands and could turn into a ball hawking safety at some point in his career if he continues to develop. There's a lot to like about him, but don't expect a ton of playing time early on.
53-Man Roster Status: Lock
The Panthers selected Robinson in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft and he now has pro football experience under his belt after playing with the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL. That experience, albeit five games, is important to have in a youthful secondary.
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