The sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft is currently ongoing, and the Indianapolis Colts have two picks close together with pick 205 and 207. With the first of those two sixth round choices, the Colts drafted Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson.
Robinson (5-9, 215 pounds) entered 2014 as the starting running back for Mississippi State, rushing for 1,203 yards and 11 scores, and totaled 1,573 all-purpose yards - the second-highest total in school history. In his career, Robinson played in 38 games (starting 13) and recorded five 100-yard rushing games and one 100-yard receiving game, also tying a school record by averaging 6.2 yards per carry in his career. He's a tough running back (earning the nickname "Bowling Ball") and is a good running back and receiving threat out of the backfield.
The Colts could use a running back and Robinson is a very good option for them in the sixth round. Frank Gore is the team's starter, and then after him the Colts have guys like Boom Herron, Vick Ballard, Zurlon Tipton, and Jeff Demps. Robinson will compete with those guys for a roster spot, and perhaps for a bit of playing time as well.
Here's what our own Andrew Aziz wrote about Robinson in his draft guide (available for purchase here):
Robinson is a short but sturdy running back who is tough to bring down. He isn't speedy and he isn't quick, so he isn't a home run threat, but he gets the job done. He has thick thighs and that is probably why he has very good balance. He is a good all around running back who catches the ball well. He is also a solid pass protector. The Bulldogs liked to use him in all situations and that demonstrates his versatility.
Robinson doesn't look like a lead RB in the NFL, but could be a valuable pass catching RB or a 3rd down RB with a pass happy offense.
NFL Ceiling: Below Average Running Back
NFL Draft Projection: 5th Round - 6th Round
Here are the Colts' picks in the draft:
- First Round - 29th overall pick - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
- Third Round - 65th overall pick (from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
- Third Round - 93rd overall pick - Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford
- Fourth Round - 109th overall pick (from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Clayton Geathers, S, UCF
- Fifth Round - 151st overall pick (from San Francisco 49ers) - David Parry, DT, Stanford
- Sixth Round - 205th overall pick - Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State
- Sixth Round - 207th overall pick (from the Seattle Seahawks)
Seventh Round - 244th overall pick (from the Dallas Cowboys)(traded to San Francisco 49ers)
- Seventh Round - 255th overall pick (compensatory pick)
Here are the Colts remaining needs (in no particular order):
- Offensive Lineman
- Inside Linebacker
- Pass Rusher