With their compensatory pick of the 2012 NFL Draft the Falcons selected South Carolina defensive end Travian Robertson. While Robertson was one of the last players picked in the years draft there is some hope that he can become a contributor to the Falcons, eventually. Back in 2009, the Falcons took a flier on Georgia Tech’s Vance Walker and he’s turned into a nice rotation guy on our defensive line.
Ready to compete for a roster spot?
Like sixth round pick Charles Mitchell, Robertson comes from a good SEC defense so he should be physically up to the challenge of competing for a roster spot although the probability is that he will spend some time on the practice squad.
Here is what the National Football Post thought about him before the draft:
|One gap lineman with a good first step, can gain leverage and threaten gaps inside. Is limited, but looks like a potential rotational lineman in the NFL.|
Robertson could also project as a 3-4 defensive end so with Mike Nolan running a 4-3 with concepts of the 3-4 he could be tried out at multiple positions. Don’t look for him to contribute much in year one, but remember the name he could turn out to be a Vance Walker like player for the Falcons.