April 22, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees brought the first round of the NFL Draft to a close Thursday night from Radio City Music Hall in New York, announcing that the reigning champion New Orleans Saints had selected Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson with the 32nd and final pick.
Robinson’s selection not only ended the opening night of the three-day draft, but brought a close to Florida State’s three-year drought between first-round draft choices. The Miami native is the first Seminole selected in the opening round since the Pittsburgh Steelers tabbed linebacker Lawrence Timmons with the 15th pick overall in 2007.
In four seasons at FSU, Robinson grabbed seven interceptions and was credited with 28 passes defended. A sure tackler, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder closed his career with 112 tackles. As a senior, he logged career highs for solo tackles (32), total tackles (47), passes defended (11), fumbles forced (2) and fumbles recovered (2).
He was the fifth cornerback selected in the first round. There were also five defensive ends chosen.
From a historical standpoint, Robinson was the 35th first-round pick produced by the Florida State program and the 226th Seminole drafted.
The NFL Draft continues Friday with the second and third rounds and wraps up Saturday with the fourth through sixth rounds.