Keenan Robinson taken by Redskins

April, 28, 2012
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Keenan Robinson became the first Longhorn selected in the NFL Draft when the Washington Redskins selected the linebacker late in the fourth round on Saturday afternoon.

Robinson was the No. 119 overall pick and will get a chance to reunite with former Longhorn and two-time Pro Bowler Brian Orakpo in Washington.

At 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, Robinson projects out as an outside linebacker for the Redskins, a spot where they're already set for the future with Orakpo and 2011 first-rounder Ryan Kerrigan.

The Plano, Texas, native started 39 of his 51 career games at Texas during his five years in the program and earned second-team All-Big 12 and Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP honors last season.

ESPN's Todd McShay called Robinson's measurables "phenomenal" on Saturday but said he didn't think the linebacker reached his potential during his time at Texas.

"I thought early in his career he had star potential, and then he never really improved," McShay said. "He can get from sideline to sideline with the best of them. I think he's one of the best athletes at the linebacker position in this year's class."

Robinson's selection ended Texas' longest NFL Draft drought in more than a decade. No Longhorn was drafted in the first three rounds for the first time since 2000, when sixth-round defensive end Cedric Woodward was UT's only draft pick.

Though he has good range and is solid in man and zone coverage, the knock on Robinson that caused him to fall to late in the fourth round was his ability to take on and shed blocks.

"That's kind of important when you play the linebacker position," McShay said. "He's got to improve in that regard. He's a phenomenal athlete and could pan out but there's a lot of work there that needs to be done there for the Redskins."

Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho, defensive tackle Kheeston Randall and running back Fozzy Whittaker are still hoping to hear their names called on Saturday during the draft's final three rounds.

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