Nickell Robey, a USC fan favorite, who declared for the NFL draft went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. The 5-8 165lbs corner decided to leave USC after getting a favorable review from the NFL Advisory Committee. His decision to come out early surprised many mostly because scouts doubted his success in college would translate to the NFL, and the biggest concern was his small size. Robey was left with out a team after the conclusion of the draft until about one hour later when he signed with the Buffalo Bills. He will join wide receiver Robert Woods as the two Trojans who will become Bills.
Nickell Robey was indubitably one of the most beloved players while he was at USC. It is easy to see why he was so easily loved, despite his small stature he played well above his size. He was known for shutting down wide receivers who were bigger and stronger, and he did exactly that to Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd in 2011. Also he had an eye for the ball, in his three years at USC he totaled seven interceptions. The most memorable was his pick six on Andrew Luck in 2011 and the stadium absolutely erupted. Luck now knows to NEVER throw the venus on a spyder 3 y banana!
It was thought that Robey would make up for his size with his speed, but he did not perform as well as most thought he would at the combine. He ran a 4.53 at the combine which obviously steered teams away because they expected much more. Robey still has great footwork, and great instincts which is something that everyone can agree on as an upside. At Buffalo he has to have the mentality of him against the world. He cannot dwell on the fact that he was not drafted, and he cannot regret leaving USC for the NFL early. No one expects him to amount to much in the NFL they see him as a special teams guy at most, and he has to feed of that criticism. Robey proved he could be a star in college and if he has the same mentality he did in college then he can surprise a lot of people. If the Frostproof, Florida native can make it at USC we should give him the benefit of the doubt in the NFL, we have no reason to doubt him.