Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 09/06/09 (Before injury): #28 Junior DT, #410/750 Overall, Projected: PFA A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 7/249 - Travian Robertson, DT, 6-4, 302, South Carolina...The Falcons expect Robertson to add some girth to the middle of their defense as a run-stuffing tackle. He is strong at the point of the attack and has some range to track down the ball carrier. - The Sports Xchange
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Positives: Naturally large, strong athlete with very good weight room strength. Flashes the ability knock interior offensive linemen into the backfield with a powerful bull rush. Stout. When he keeps his pad level low, he can create a pile inside to clog running lanes. Good effort laterally. Strong, heavy hands which he uses well to knock away the initial jabs from his opponents. Showed better awareness in the passing game as a senior, getting his big paws up in the air to narrow passing lanes and blocked a kick... Voted a team captain in 2011.
Negatives: Limited athlete. Slow off the snap and though he'll give effort in pursuit, has only phone-booth quickness and is easily left behind. Doesn't have the burst or flexibility to "get skinny" and attacks gaps, providing little as a pass rusher despite some unique talent around him at South Carolina... Has twice suffered torn ACLs (2005, 2009)...
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle... team leader and experienced player... a preseason second-team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele... remaining healthy is a key - focused much of his energies on his flexibility in the spring... key player in the interior of the Gamecock defense... earned his degree in criminal justice in May... has made 19 career starts among his 43 games played over the past four seasons.
Robertson logged 49 tackles during his senior season, including 8.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. For his career, he played in 56 contests starting 31 times, with 123 tackles including 21.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Robertson graduated in May with a degree in criminal justice.
Returned from season-ending injury in 2009 to help anchor one of the top defensive fronts in the SEC... earned fourth-team All-SEC accolades from Phil Steele... started all 14 contests... had 42 tackles, including 10.0 for loss and 4.0 sacks... recovered two fumbles and forced one... posted his first two career sacks in win over Furman while finishing with five total tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss... logged four tackles at Auburn... had a sack and 2.0 tackles for loss and forced a fumble at Kentucky... named third-team Midseason All-SEC by Phil Steele... had a career-high seven tackles in win over Vanderbilt... posted four tackles, including a sack, and recovered a fumble in win over Clemson... had five stops in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Florida State... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Junior defensive tackle who was a key contributor early in the season before suffering a season-ending right knee injury against Ole Miss in Week 4... started each of the first four games... logged eight tackles including three each against NC State and Florida Atlantic... had one tackle for loss... received a medical redshirt season to regain the year of eligibility.
Played in all 13 games... collected 17 tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss... had a career-high six tackles, including a tackle for loss against Clemson... forced a fumble against Tennessee and had a fumble recovery against Clemson.
Played in all 12 games during his freshman season... credited with seven tackles, including four solo stops... also had a pass break up and a quarterback hurry... started his first collegiate game at defensive end... was the only true freshman in the starting lineup for the season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette... responded with a season-high three tackles in that contest.
Graduated from Scotland County High School in Laurinburg, N.C. in December of 2006... coached by Mark Barnes... named his squad's defensive end of the year after recording 74 tackles with 7.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, where he had four tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery... logged three tackles and a pair of sacks in the Offense-Defense All-Star Game in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla... named all-conference, all-region and team Defensive MVP... team reached the playoffs for three straight seasons... missed much of his junior season after tearing an ACL... considered a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, is regarded as the No. 18 defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com... was the No. 8 strong side defensive end and the fourth best player in the state of North Carolina according to Rivals.com... was on the Rivals100 list... also played basketball and competed in track.
Travian Jamal Robertson was born Dec. 9, 1988... brother, Tony Robertson, plays football at Appalachian State... interested in a criminal justice degree... selected Carolina over Clemson and offers from UNC, NC State and Virginia Tech.
Draft Scout Player News
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 7/249 - Travian Robertson, DT, 6-4, 302, South Carolina...The Falcons expect Robertson to add some girth to the middle of their defense as a run-stuffing tackle. He is strong at the point of the attack and has some range to track down the ball carrier. - The Sports Xchange
01/21/12 - EAST-WEST SHRINE WEDNESDAY: South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson showed quick feet, a burst off the snap, good low pad level and finished well. But he struggled with his initial hand placement and looked unrefined fundamentally. Coaches harped on him because of his sloppy technique, but his encouraging play this week, including a positive weigh-in (6-4, 305 pounds), will force teams to do some extra homework on him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com