Robert Blanton Scouting Report
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NFL Draft > 2012 Prospects > CB > Robert Blanton

Robert Blanton Scouting Report

Position: CB
Conference: Independent
School: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #12
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 208 lbs.
Draft Prediction: Fifth Round
Drafted 5.4 in 2012 by MIN

2012 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.66
Bench press12

2012 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Robert Blanton, CB, Notre Dame

Notre Dame defensive back Robert Blanton has been a steady and productive player throughout his career. Blanton played corner in high school and safety in college so he should have no problems doing everything coaches ask of him. In the NFL, he'll likely make his lising as a nickel cornerback and perhaps backup the free safety position. With some grooming, there is some starting potential as well.

Blanton can best play the pass in off zone coverage and is aggressive enough to provide help against the run game. He has a lot of experience playing the slot and coaches may try to put him up against a bigger tight ends. Although he lacks top end speed, Blanton is a high football IQ player that makes up for a lack of athleticism with smart play and good size.

He's not a natural cornerback and gets too upright during his backpedal. He also can't handle single man coverage. Blanton isn't strong enough for bump and run coverage and would need over the top help. As long as teams are patient with him, they'll have added a good depth player.

Last Updated Feb-29-2012 by Matt De Lima

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