BLOGGER’S NOTE: These comments were compiled by members of the Falcons Football Communications Staff — one of the best in the business. Comments address the Falcons signing of cornerback Dunta Robinson, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Houston Texans.
John McClain, Houston Chronicle
“Terrific move for Dunta and the Falcons. He gets to play in his home state for a winning team, and they get a corner who can cover the opponent’s best receiver every Sunday. The fans will love his hard-hitting style, and the media will love him because he’s a stand-up player who doesn’t hide from any situation, and he’s a go-to guy after games.”
Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com
“The signing of Dunta Robinson fills one big areas of need for the Falcons. It gives them a No. 1 corner and makes them very deep in the secondary. Obviously, the Saints are the reigning kings of the NFC South right now, and every team is focused on stopping Drew Brees and his army of receivers, Robinson should help the Falcons match up favorably with New Orleans in 2010.”
John Clayton, ESPN.com
“Normally, a 27-year-old cornerback as good as Robinson would have been franchised. The Texans tried that last year, but they could never come to a deal. So they let him hit the free-agent market at the perfect time for him. His value probably went up Tuesday when Florida cornerback Joe Haden ran 4.57 and 4.6 40 times at the Combine. Haden had been considered the top cornerback in the Draft and a possible top-seven choice. A time that slow will knock him out of the top 10 and enhance the value of Robinson. A top cornerback goes for at least $9 million, and there is a gap between Robinson and the next-best free agent, Leigh Bodden of the Patriots. Robinson is the prize.”
Pete Prisco, CBSSportsline.com
“Dunta is a quality corner who is just now reaching his prime. He excels in man coverage, which is a must in the wide-open NFL. I like corners who play with a swagger. He certainly does that.”
Steve Wyche, NFL.com
“The acquisition of Dunta Robinson is significant because it addresses the Falcons’ biggest area of concern and immediately upgrades the cornerback position. Robinson will step up in run support, and, with his size and ability, be much more of a factor in pass coverage, than any cornerback the Falcons have had in years. Robinson has some proving to do as he has not been the same player he was since he suffered a nasty hamstring and knee injury in 2007 , so a lot of his overall impact will be determined by his desire to be one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
“With General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and his staff aggressively pursuing and landing the top cornerback on the free-agent market — Robinson is also in his athletic prime, which is rare in this free-agent market — Atlanta can now target other areas of need (defensive end, outside linebacker, offensive line depth) in the Draft.”