TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State defensive end Janarius Robinson was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Robinson, the 134th overall selection, is the 199th Florida State player drafted since 1984 and the 290th draft pick in program history. He is the 13th all-time Vikings draft pick from Florida State and joins running back Dalvin Cook on Minnesota’s active roster.
Robinson appeared in 42 games with 28 starts in his FSU career and recorded 105 tackles, including 20.5 for loss with 8.0 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. He also was twice recognized on the ACC Honor Roll.
Last season, he started all nine games and led Florida State in sacks and quarterback hurries. In the season opener he blocked a PAT which helped FSU tie a single-game program record with three blocked kicks, and in the 31-28 win over No. 5 North Carolina he had a career-high 2.0 sacks as part of three tackles for loss accounting for 19 lost yards. As a redshirt junior in 2019, Robinson tied for third in the ACC in fumble recoveries. He made a career-high nine tackles against Syracuse, and his career-best 4.0 tackles for loss at No. 2 Clemson tied for the second-highest single-game output in the ACC that season.
In 2018, the Panama City, Florida, native persevered through personal tragedy after his family’s home was destroyed during Hurricane Michael, the only Category 5 hurricane ever to hit the Florida panhandle and the most-intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 1969. He played all 12 games that season with eight starts and one week after the hurricane he recorded six tackles, at the time his single-game career high, with 1.0 sack and one quarterback hurry against Wake Forest. As a redshirt freshman in 2017, Robinson appeared in eight games and made his first collegiate sack against ULM.
The 2021 NFL Draft continues Saturday with coverage on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network.