After a lengthy hiatus from football, Rashard Robinson has found his path back to the field.
The former LSU cornerback, who was dismissed by the team following the 2014 season, was selected in the fourth round with the No. 133 overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Robinson appeared in 20 games during his time at LSU, starting eight at cornerbacks between his freshman and sophomore years.
The 6-foot-3, 177-pounder finished off his college career with 33 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups.
Robinson appeared in 12 games as a true freshman in 2013, including a start against Texas A&M in which he held future NFL first-rounder Mike Evans to four receptions for 51 yards.
In his sophomore campaign, Robinson played in eight games, starting six of them, before earning an indefinite suspension in the week leading up to Alabama.
The Pompano Beach, Fla., native declared for the NFL draft in January when he would have been eligible to do so as an LSU underclassman.
Robinson participated in the NFL Scouting Combine, clocking in a 4.49-second 40 time, posting a 35.5-inch vertical jump and a 121-inch broad jump. He also held a private workout following LSU’s Pro Day, which he was not a part of.
NFL scouts were impressed by the cornerback’s length and athleticism, but naturally, were skeptical about his off-the-field troubles and subsequent lack of college game experience.
Despite concerns about Robinson, NFL teams have shown plenty of interest in the former Tiger in the past couple of weeks. The Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and New York Giants are among a handful of teams to have met with the intriguing prospect.
Robinson being drafted should not come as a surprise given his immense physical attributes. There are certainly character concerns, which he could have dispersed during interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine and in meetings with prospective teams.
Nonetheless, NFL teams were going to be intrigued by his size and athleticism and the basic fact that he earned immediate playing time in LSU’s secondary as a true freshman.
Finally, Robinson will be allowed to further his football career.