Robinson in 2008 with the Atlanta Falcons
|No. 19, 11, 81, 15|
|Date of birth:May 20, 1985|
|Place of birth: Fort Lewis, Washington|
|College: Illinois State|
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Atlanta Falcons ( 2007– 2008)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* First-team Little All-American (2005)
|Stats at NFL.com|
Laurent Robinson (born May 20, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois State.
Robinson attended Rockledge High School in Rockledge, Florida. As a junior, he became a regular starter with the football team, recording six catches for 70 yards and one touchdown. During his senior season, he caught 55 passes for 903 yards and 11 touchdowns, making honorable mention All-State as well as All-Conference, while helping his team win back-to-back Class 3A Florida State championships in 2001 and 2002, with identical 14-1 records. Robinson was a four-year member of the football, basketball and track teams.
His only scholarship offer came from Illinois State University, after his stepfather contacted the Redbirds' coaching staff, who had recruited Robinson's brother the previous year, and convinced them to evaluate him.
While at Illinois State University, Robinson accumulated 192 career receptions (a school record) while contributing with 3,007 yards (a school record) and 29 touchdowns. In 2004, he caught 47 balls for 564 yards and a 12.0 yard average and 7 touchdowns. As a junior in 2005, he was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-America after collecting 86 receptions for 1465 yards and a 17.0 yard average for 12 touchdowns. He was also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in Division I-AA. In 2006, he was limited to 40 catches for 718 yards with seven touchdowns because of an ankle injury that caused him to miss four games.
In 2009, he was voted to the Missouri Valley Football Conference quarter-century team.
2007 NFL Draft
|Ht||WtArm lengthHand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 1 in||193 lb321⁄4 in9 in||4.41 s||1.53 s||2.50 s||4.28 s||6.83 s||39 in||10 ft 7 in||19 reps||15|
As a rookie, he played in 15 games (six starts) and recorded 37 receptions for 437 yards (11.8 avg.) and one touchdown. In 2008, he slipped on the team's depth chart because of the emergence of rookie Harry Douglas and the return of Brian Finneran from a two-year absence because of knee injuries. That season, he played in only six games because of head and hamstring injuries, making 5 receptions for 52 yards.
St. Louis Rams
On April 8, 2009 the Falcons traded Robinson and its fifth round (160th overall) and sixth round (196th overall) draft choices to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for their fifth round (138th overall) and sixth round (176th overall) selections.
Robinson became a starter until he fractured his fibula on September 28, 2009 and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. At the time, he was leading the team in receptions with 13 for 167 yards. In 2010 he had another dismissive season, finishing fifth on the team with 34 receptions for 344 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Rams released him in the off-season.
San Diego Chargers
Robinson signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers on August 3, 2011. He had a disappointing preseason in which he had only 1 catch for 18 yards through the first three preseason games. Despite an impressive final preseason game in which he caught six passes for 120 yards, he was released at the end of training camp on September 3, 2011.
Robinson would end up breaking out during the 2011 NFL season. On September 7, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, only to be released on September 13, after suffering a hamstring injury during his first practice. On September 20, he was re-signed to the roster as insurance to shore up an inexperienced wide receiver roster.
He quickly earned the third receiver job and On October 2, he caught seven passes for 116 yards in a loss to the Detroit Lions. During the week eight loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, he had five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, his first as a Cowboy. In the next game on November 6, Robinson again caught five passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. Robinson followed up that game with three catches, two of which were touchdowns, against the Buffalo Bills starting in place of Miles Austin, while he was recovering from a hamstring injury. From week 8 through week 12, Laurent caught 24 passes for a total of 321 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Robinson played a key role in the offense and registered career highs with 54 receptions for 858 receiving yards and a team leading 11 touchdowns. Having a one-year contract with the Cowboys, he became an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season.
He signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract in which 14 million was guaranteed, with the Jacksonville Jaguars on March 14, 2012. Although he was expected to be the team's number 1 receiver, he failed to impress before being placed on the injured reserve list on November 21 after suffering 4 concussions in one season. Robinson was seen as a health risk and was released on March 13, 2013.
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- Smith, Christopher (2011-09-01). "Brothers at last". http://www.chargers.com/news/article-1/Brothers-at-last/5149b874-c8c5-43e8-a555-345f6f50138d.