Sakamoto: 49ers Rookie CB Rashard Robinson Hit With ‘Body Analysis’ Goes From 171 To 188!

When the San Francisco 49ers drafted CB Rashard Robinson in the fourth-round pick (No. 133), I admit, I was not a fan. Why? You can read my full story here. However, the player known as ‘Shad’ has quickly turned me into a believer.

Since taking the field during the team’s first rookie minicamp, Shad has been one of my storylines heading into the 2016 season. A naturally gifted press-cornerback with the instincts to match, it’s no wonder Robinson has caught my eye since coming to San Francisco.

From the team’s first mandatory minicamp in early June to the conclusion of training camp, Shad has consistently been one of the best at playing outside cornerback in my opinion. Below are a few things I noticed from day one that separated Shad from the rest of the pack.

It’s no secret to me 49ers DC Jim O’Neil favors press-cover corners over zone-based defensive backs. In fact, when CB Perrish Cox was a free-agent last year, one of the visits he made was to Cleveland, which didn’t suit his skill-set.

Why not?

Because Cox was not a press-corner but rather tailored to a more zone-based scheme. You see the cornerback position is not so black and white when it comes to mirroring wide receivers. In fact their are four types of coverages that cornerbacks can play; press-man, press-zone, off-man, and off-zone.


If you want to know the differences of each, please read my article here. But let’s get back to Robinson. At 6-1, 171, Robinson has since bulked up to 188. I asked Robinson if adding the extra weight has jeopardized his speed and it hasn’t.

“No it hasn’t at all. I’m a pretty fast guy, so speed has never been a problem for me.”

Robinson went on to tell me the added weight doesn’t stop there. In fact, Robinson said his ideal playing weight once mid-season rolls around should be in the 195-205 range. A commonality among some of the team’s players, as second-year OLB Eli Harold was also hit with ‘body analysis‘ going from 247 to 270 this off-season, it appears that Robinson is now following in those footsteps.

But what should Forever Faithful expect from Robinson in his rookie campaign? Aside from being one of the better press-corners on the team, I believe Coach O’Neil will slowly acclimate him into the rotation, as the season wears  on.

Starter? Not this year because as I said all along that both DB Jimmie Ward and CB Tramaine Brock have those spots on lock down.

Next year could be a different story, especially if Shad sees significant playing time in Weeks 14-17, if the team is out of the playoff hunt.

With the 49ers looking to cut-down and trim their rosters from 90 to 75 by August 30 deadline, you can be sure that Robinson won’t be on that cut-list, as he’s a lock to make the team’s 53.

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