Josh Robinson (Bruce Kluckhohn/US Presswire)
Third-round draft pick Josh Robinson hasn’t been signed yet, but he isn’t concerned, believing it will happen “real soon.” Robinson prefers to direct his energy to learning the Vikings defense.
With none of the NFL’s top eight draft picks under contract yet, it’s not a big surprise that left tackle Matt Kalil, selected No. 4 overall by the Vikings, isn’t signed yet.
The bigger surprise is that third-round cornerback Josh Robinson remains without a contract. In general, late round picks are the first to sign and the Vikings seemed to work their way up their draft board when they signed seven of their 10 picks over a 24-hour period two weeks ago.
That left Robinson, late-first-round safety Harrison Smith and Kalil to get under contract. Smith, drafted 29th overall, signed last week. Robinson, drafted 66th overall, remains unsigned but isn’t concerned about it at this point.
“No, sir. I know God has a plan. I know God is in control of everything so I’m even worried about it,” Robinson said last week after Smith signed, leaving only him and Kalil without a contract among the 10 Vikings draft picks.
Kalil’s contract could be a little more difficult, with the high first-round picks seeking more guaranteed money and trying to avoid their teams being able to recoup some of the money if they were released before the four-year contracts are expired. As a third-round pick, Robinson isn’t likely to have much, if any, of his base salary guaranteed, but he said he isn’t sure what the holdup is at this point.
“All (agent Drew Rosenhaus) told me is he’s talking with the Vikings. Real soon, whenever that is. We’re just waiting on it. We can’t do anything else,” Robinson said.
“I can’t control it anyway. I’m not going to stress it.”
The Vikings don’t appear too concerned over it either. They have eight of their 10 picks under contract. Normally at this time of year, maybe one or two mid- to late-round picks had been signed, but the new collective bargaining agreement has slotted salary structures for rookies and that leaves little room for real bargaining between teams and agents.
So, without much concern over his contract, Robison is left to learn the Vikings defense and continue to push for a contributing role in 2012.
“I’m not really looking at where I would be starting at or where I think I will end up. My thing is where I can help the Vikings improve in 2012. That’s the goal of it, every player on this team, and my goal as well. How can I help the Vikings improve?” Robinson said.
“I’ve been concentrating a lot on the outside (cornerback) lately, but I have been told I can start learning nickel to make sure I can help out there if need be. All positions will be learned.”
Speed won’t be an issue for the 5-foot-10, 199-pounder. He was the fastest cornerback at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, running a 4.29-second 40-yard dash. The question will be how quickly he can learn his assignments. After one week of organized team activities, he said there have been no issues there.
“(I’m) definitely up to speed as far as what’s being installed. The coaches do a great job of explaining everything and making sure we have an understanding . We’re even having extra meetings sometimes just to make sure we get it all. Right now, I’m doing pretty well learning everything. Still ironing out, still trying to get better,” he said.
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