Merlin Robertson 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Tied for third on team in tackles (2021)
- Tied for first on team in interceptions (2021)
- Scheme tendencies: Scheme versatile
- 2022 projected role: Starting linebacker
Pros: Merlin Robertson is a plus-level football player because of his versatility. At Arizona State, Robertson lines up at both stacked inside linebacker and on the end of the line as an edge rusher. As a stack backer, Robertson has the ability to work downhill to the line of scrimmage and fill any gaps. While filling those gaps, Robertson shows to be an effective tackler. On the end of the line of scrimmage in the edge rusher alignment, Robertson shows that he has the strength to set the edge. Robertson is capable of getting arm extension, blocking out the offensive lineman, and forcing runs back inside. Robertson is a solid player that shows to be an asset as a run defender.
Cons: Merlin Robertson’s mass and big frame help him as a run defender, but it hurts him in pass coverage. In man defense when Robertson is matched up with running backs and tight ends, he struggles to stay in phase with them and they often get open. As a zone defender, Robertson can change direction but his reactionary athleticism is not quick enough to be a consistent disruptive zone defender. Because of his lack of ability to cover, Robertson may be used as an edge rusher on third downs. Overall, Robertson is a good football player but his athletic deficiencies limit him to a first and second player at this point.
Merlin Robertson NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez