Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Detroit Lions sign receiver Brian Robiskie

The Detroit Lions signed Ohio State University alum Brian Robiskie today as depth at receiver after Nate Burleson was place on injured reserve with a broken leg. Robiskie was the 35th overall selection by the Cleveland Browns in the 2009 draft (one spot before the Broncos selected corner Alphonso Smith, and three spots after the Lions selected safety Louis Delmas).

Robiski was recorded as 6'3" and 209 pounds at the 2009 combine running a 4.59 40 and jumping 37.5 inches in the vertical (Calvin Johnson's vertical at the 2007 combine was 42.5 for comparison). He was highly praised as a receiver coming out of college but hasn't been able to stick in Cleveland or, most recently,  Jacksonville. He'll likely be relegated to special teams in Detroit, but with could develop as a red zone threat.

The Lions also worked out receivers Deon Butler and Legedu Naanee along with Robiskie. I have to imagine his ability to play in the slot and outside was a big factor in their selection, but maybe more importantly is his ability to return punts. Stefan Logan may not lose his job as the Lions primary returner just yet as Robiskie doesn't really have the straight line speed to be a real threat, but he's definitely on notice after putting two balls on the ground against the Bears.

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