Today we bring you part 2 of our series on the least-known Green bay Packers currently on the 2011 roster.
Antonio Robinson, WR 6;1″, 195lbs., Nicholls State. From Miami Florida, Robinson went the Community College route before transferring to Nicholls State, which is known for their triple-option running game. Robinson was the team’s leading receiver two years in a row with 20 and 27 catches, which gives you an idea how little they throw the ball. Robinson ran a 4.50 40 yd dash at his pro day with a 36″ vertical leap. He was the 49th ranked WR out of 276 by NFLDraftScout.com
Robinson was signed as an UDFA by the Bears and released with an injury settlement in training camp. He landed on the Seattle practice squad for two weeks in November before being signed to the Packers’ practice squad a few weeks before the Super Bowl and then to a reserve/future contract in February.
Jay Ross, DT, 6’3″, 302lbs., East Carolina. C.J. Wilson’s teammate at East Carolina, Jay Ross is a “character” guy with a Capital “C.” Wilson called him the hardest working guy on the team and his college coach called him the most respected player on the team. He was a three-year starter at East Carolina and earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors three times. Ross was invited to the NFL Combine, where he ran a 5.10 40 yd dash, a 1.68 10 yd dash and recorded 30 reps on the bench press. Ross was ranked 24th out of 151 DTs by NFLDraftScout.com.
Ross was not selected in the 2010 draft, but was signed by New Orleans as an UDFA and was with them during the preseason before being released in the final roster cutdown. In October, with the injuries mounting on the Packers defensive line, Ross was signed to the practice squad, where he remained for the entire year before being signed to a reserve/future contract in February.
Curtis Young, LB/DE, 6’1″, 270lbs, Cincinnati. Young made the switch from DE to OLB his senior season for the Bearcats, finishing with 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 2 sacks despite missing four games with a knee injury. Young was ranked 61st out of 132 DEs by NFLDraftScout.com. At his Pro Day, Young ran a 5.09 40 yd dash, a 1.69 10 yd dash and recorded 31 reps on the bench press.
Young was not selected in the 2010 draft and received no free agent offers. At 6’1, he was considered too short for an OLB, much like one of his favorite players, James Harrison of the Steelers. He appeared in one game for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL. Young was invited to a bye week tryout with the Packers and signed to the practice squad a few weeks later. He received a reserve/future contract from the Packers in February.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.