Notre Dame - Fighting Irish
Robert Blanton - #12 - CB-FS
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|04/03/2012 Notre Dame Pro Day||6-0 1/2||201||9 1/4||31||4.57|
|02/29/2012 Combine||6-0 3/4||208||9 1/8||31 1/4||76 1/8||4.69||12||9'8"||34||3.98||11.28||6.71|
|01/16/2012 East-West Shrine||6-0 3/8||197||9 1/8||31 1/4||76 1/8|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-0||196||9 1/2||30 3/4||79||4.55|
The North Carolina prep was a two-time all-state selection as a safety who also participated in basketball and track. Saw action in 12 contests as a true freshman in 2008, starting the final four games at cornerback, and made 33 tackles, three passes defended and two interceptions with three tackles for loss. Did not play in the season opener. Had a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown against Purdue. Started 8-of-12 contests in ’09, splitting time at each cornerback spot and recording 38-2-2 with one tackle for loss. In 13 games in ’10, he registered 52-5-2 with seven tackles for loss, 1 1⁄2 sacks and a blocked punt for a touchdown vs. Utah. Made the start against Army when the Irish started three cornerbacks. Started all 13 games at cornerback in ‘11 and collected 70-6-2 with eight tackles for loss and one sack.Positives:
Has a rangy build and excellent size. Physical and functionally strong. Good feet and balance. Clocked times of 3.97 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.71 seconds in the 3-cone drill. Sound zone awareness — reads plays in front of him. Good ball reactions — locates, tracks and shows timing to break up passes. Nice hands to intercept. Supports the run and is a solid tackler. Versatile — has lined up over the slot, as a safety and corner and has special-teams experience. Solid personal and football character. Coachable and assignment-sound. Tough and durable.Negatives:
Not an explosive athlete. Marginal timed speed. Could stand to get stronger (got taken for a 10-yard ride by Stanford TE Coby Fleener and bench-pressed only 12 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine). Man-coverage limitations. Pedals upright. Average transitional quickness. Tends to clutch and grab. Was not a full-time starter until senior season.Summary:
Long, lean, smooth-muscled, press-zone cornerback who elevated his stock as a senior, though speed deficiency might dictate a transition to safety. Likely brings most value as a versatile backup and special-teams player.
Robert Blanton's Draft Stock
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