By Adam Caplan
May 10, 2012
The San Francisco 49ers wound up selecting seven players in 2012 NFL Draft—and now they have two of them under contract.
The latest to agree to a deal is FS Trent Robinson, a source confirmed. Robinson, out of Michigan St., is the second of their two sixth-round picks. Like fellow sixth-rounder C/G Jason Slowey, Robinson agreed to a four-year deal.
Robinson (5-10, 195) came to Michigan St. as a cornerback, but was switched to safety.
“Trenton Robinson, very excited about him. Great skill, athleticism, really has got the ability to be a corner, got those kind of movement skills,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the draft. “Confident more time on task at the safety position that he’ll be able to do everything that we need to do there. Learn the angles. Learn how to track the ball deep. Those are things that I believe he’ll improve on on our team with our coaching staff and our players. More time on task playing the deep ball. He makes a lot of plays up near the front, he’s got that kind of toughness and hard nose to do that. I think he’ll improve nicely and be just fine.”
Some personnel evaluators coming into the draft believed he could wind up playing slot cornerback because of his willingness to be physical.
“He’s a young man that plays the game fast and physical. He’s an undersized guy that has a chip on his shoulder. He’s been a standout special teams player there in his younger days within the program,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke added. “Even though he’s a smaller guy by size, he’s not afraid to mix it up down low and has shown the ability to make some things happen in the back half as well. So, the versatility, the will to compete, all of those things we liked about him.”
UPDATE: The 49ers also agreed to a deal with fifth-round pick OLB Darius Fleming, according to his agent, Dave Lee.