Just one pick after the Indianapolis Colts grabbed Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, the Kansas City followed suit with a Gator of their own in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, whom they selected with the No. 126 pick of the draft.
Robinson has always been a celestially talented football player, with great quickness, agility, and leaping ability, and a preternatural sense for getting open against even tight coverage — and his work against Florida's stable of fine defensive backs is the stuff of legend. It's what Robinson didn't and doesn't have that pushed his stock down to the fourth round — on talent alone, he probably deserved to be drafted on Friday's Day 2, at the very least.
But while Robinson isn't a top-end burner and doesn't have fantastic hand, he won't be asked to be that sort of deep threat in the NFL, and can work to mitigate drops. And though Robinson missed games in all three of his seasons in Gainesville, the suspensions from his freshman and sophomore years were related to — as he candidly admitted during the NFL Scouting Combine — failed drug tests for marijuana, something he worked hard to avoid for the rest of his Florida career.
In his case, talent won out over baggage, even if the baggage likely dropped Robinson a round or two further than he could have expected to go with a spotless, successful career at Florida. And in the NFL, that talent could well shine through for a player who has always had stardom within his grasp.
In Kansas City, Robinson will be reunited with Frankie Hammond, Jr., who has worked as a reserve receiver and returner for the Chiefs in recent years.