Welcome to part three of our ten part series called “Welcome to the Big Show” where we give you an in-depth look into each of the Vikings ten Draft selections of 2012. Last time, Adam highlighted our second pick of the 2012 Draft, safety Harrison Smith. Today, we’ll take a look at the Vikings third round pick, cornerback Josh Robinson.
Name: Joshua Robinson
College: University of Central Florida
Josh Robinson was born in Sunrise, Florida on January 8th, 1991 to Shirley and Johnny Robinson. He attended Plantation High School in Florida and was an integral part of the school’s football program, excelling at receiver, cornerback and returning kicks. Robinson enjoyed being at receiver the most because he just wanted to have his hands on the ball.
Robinson chose to attend the University of Central Florida, turning down various scholarship offers from other schools, including Michigan, Clemson, South Florida and Auburn. Robinson has said that he chose to go to UCF because of the location and the fact that they allowed him to play multiple positions and have playing time immediately. Robinson studied Criminal Justice in school with aspirations of someday being involved with SWAT.
It goes without saying that Robinson had a very successful career at UCF. Throughout college, he received a multitude of accolades, awards and honors. Throughout his college tenure, he started in 35 of 38 games for the Knights. In the 2011 season, Robinson “earned second-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report and was named All-Conference USA first-team by the league’s coaches…”
Robinson’s favorite NFL player, Brian Dawkins, is the reason the young cornerback chooses to wear the number 20. When asked in a 2009 interview what professional team he would want to play the most in the future, Robinson responded, “I would like to play against the Eagles because I want to pick off McNabb.” (Sorry Josh, interceptions can’t bounce off the ground first…)