Carolina Panthers Draft: Kenny Robinson is worth taking a risk on

(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) Kenny Robinson
(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) Kenny Robinson /

The Carolina Panthers continue adding more talent on defense as it is worth taking the risk of drafting safety Kenny Robinson into the organization.

At this point in time, the Carolina Panthers have spent their first five draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft solely on defense. They’ve bolstered their defensive line and now, added yet another good safety in Kenny Robinson out of West Virginia.

The 6-2, 200lbs defensive back has had quite the story so far in his collegiate career that saw him actually get drafted by the XFL. Before the league folded, Robinson was impressive as he totaled 21 tackles and two interceptions with the St. Louis Battlehawks.

Before that in college, he made a name for himself as a safety on the rise with the Mountaineers. At West Virginia, he totaled 123 tackles, seven interceptions, and seven passes defended. He shows a lot of range and a good defensive skill-set. Unfortunately, he was kicked out of West Virginia due to academic fraud.

The Carolina Panthers are wise to take a risk on Kenny Robinson

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Just a few days before this year’s draft, Robinson actually wrote a letter to NFL general managers via The Players Tribune in which he broke down the error in his ways and how he’s undoubtedly learned from his mistakes in college. It’s not easy to bounce back or get an opportunity to play in the pros but Robinson never gave up and kept at it.

So much so, his short-lived career in the XFL helped his cause as it gave the Panthers an opportunity to see what he could do on the gridiron. In the grand scheme of things, Robinson looks to be the real deal and is worth taking a risk on. He’ll be surrounded by a very good coaching staff and players ready to welcome him as he begins his journey in the NFL.

Robinson has all the attributes needed to play at this level as what he achieved in the XFL is all but a small glimpse of everything he brings to the table. He has good speed, tenacity, and looked like he could keep up with any receiving threat he was assigned in the XFL. Of course, it’s a whole different ballgame now in the NFL but he’s come a long way to where he is now and will always play with humbleness.

It’s not often you’re given a second chance to live your dream and play on the greatest stage of them all. Robinson knows that this is his only shot at not only making it but proving that even when you make dumb mistakes early on in life, it should not define you forever. The Panthers got it right here as their defensive secondary was a huge area that needed to be addressed in this year’s draft and by the looks of it, they’re on their way to better days ahead. Robinson is hungry and will continue to prove that he’s still worth believing in.