VDT: Florida State S Jammie Robinson Is an Aggressive Defensive Back

One position that sneakily could be a need for the Vikings this offseason is the safety spot. With Harrison Smith entering his age-35 season, and very limited experience from 2022 first-round pick Lewis Cine, Minnesota could be in the running to grab a safety in the middle rounds of the 2023 Draft.

Because of that, Florida State S Jammie Robinson is the focus of today’s edition of Vikings Draft Thermometer series, PurplePTSD‘s one-stop shop for all your 2023 NFL Draft needs. Throughout this series, we have examined a number of prospects ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft, analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, what exactly their role could be at the NFL level, and most importantly, whether or not they could end up playing their first NFL snaps in a Vikings uniform. 


NCAA Football: Senior Bowl
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  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 191 pounds
  • Arm: 29 5/8″
  • Hand: 8 3/4″
  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.59
  • 10-Yard Split: 1.58
  • Vertical: 33.5″
  • Broad Jump: 9’8″
  • 3-Cone: N/A
  • 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A
  • Bench: 23 reps
  • School: South Carolina, Florida State
  • Games Watched: LSU (2022), Boston College (2022), NC State (2022), Clemson (2022)

NOTE: Measurements/times are official via the NFL scouting combine.


NCAA Football: Florida State at North Carolina
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  • 2019: 62 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 4 PDs, 1 INT, 1 FF (12 games)
  • 2020: 73 tackles, 2 TFLs, 4 PDs, 1 INT (10 games)
  • 2021: 84 tackles, 7 TFLs, 3 PDs, 4 INTs, 2 FFs (12 games)
  • 2022: 99 tackles, 5 TFLs, 1 sack, 5 PDs, 1 INT, 1 FR (13 games)


NFL: Combine
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Jammie Robinson is an explosive athlete who plays with extreme aggressiveness and urgency on every snap. He thrives as a run-stopper and attacks ball-carriers with a fervor not often seen in defensive backs.

He also displays strong instincts in pass coverage, and once again, his aggressive playstyle allows him to break up passes at the catch-point with hard hits. He should primarily be a safety, but he can also step in and play some nickel cornerback as well.


NFL: Combine
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While being aggressive can lead to some massive highlights in Robinson’s game, it also can lead to his downfall. In run support, Robinson can overcommit and end up being a non-factor in plays.

Additionally, size could be a problem against bigger receivers. Being only 5’11 with decent but not great arm length, he could have trouble on jump balls. Additionally, like JL Skinner out of Boise State, teams won’t want to leave him one-on-one in vertical routes. Robinson is explosive, but he doesn’t have the acceleration skills to keep up with the fastest receivers.

NFL Projection

Florida State S Jammie Robinson
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  • Draft Round: Mid Third-Early Fourth
  • Immediate Role: Starting strong safety
  • Best-Case Scenario: Malcolm Jenkins
  • Vikings Draft Temperature: 45

If the Vikings want to take a look at a safety in the 2023 NFL Draft, it probably won’t happen at least until they make their third round selection at pick No. 87. This is the early end of where Jammie Robinson could be selected, but if the Vikings want to get serious about potentially finding a long-term partner for Lewis Cine in the secondary, Robinson may be a good choice.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.