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Why Our Favorite NFL Teams Should Draft Pete Robertson

The writers at Viva The Matadors make the case for why their favorite NFL team should draft Texas Tech LB/DE Pete Robertson

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Pete's greatest strength is bull rushing and getting to the quarterback quickly, leading the Big 12 in sacks as a junior in 2014. The Raiders have one of the best up and coming rushers in Khalil Mack on one side and an unknown situation with suspended Aldon Smith. Youngster Mario Edwards Jr is on the end as well, with the Raiders relatively young, but very talented.

Pete will do well in a system where he can learn how to adapt to the NFL. The Raiders are looking for interior defensive linemen who can rush the QB, but will look to add depth on the outside. They would do well to use a mid to late-round pick on Red Raider Pete Robertson. Plus his eye black would look just as good in silver and black as it has in red and black.


Mike Zimmer took over as head coach of the Vikings two seasons ago. His philosophy with defensive personnel has seemingly been to cultivate raw talent, regardless of schematic fit, and see if he can mold that talent into the right kind of player for his system.

Pete Robertson has the raw talent. He’s an athletic pass rusher who led the Big 12 in sacks in 2014. While he might not quite be big enough to set the edge on an NFL defensive line, he could be used in special pass rush packages and add some depth.

Current Vikings DE Brian Robison is starting to age, and Anthony Barr at LB shows how effective a former college DE can be in Zimmer’s system.

If Zimmer sees the potential for Pete Robertson, he might be worthy of being signed as an undrafted free agent or as a late round pick. While I don’t know exactly where/how Robertson would fit into the Vikings system, Zimmer has molded players to be effective before if they just bring the talent. Robertson undoubtedly has the talent.


The Cowboys re-signed Rolando McClain this offseason to a one year deal and he'll be starting with Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens. Besides those three guys, the Cowboys talent at linebacker isn't all that great. They have some young guys and a few special teamers. Robertson would be given a chance to compete and could find himself some playing time if he lands in Dallas. I was exchanging some tweets with a former Cowboys scout and he put a 3rd round grade on Robertson. He thought Pete was an outstanding athlete.

Robertson's production dropped a bit in 2015 but that's because Gibbs had him dropping back in coverage a lot. It'll be interesting to see how NFL teams use him. Will it be strictly as a pass rusher or will a team take a chance on him as an every-down linebacker?


Washington is in need of help on the defensive side of the ball and they really don’t care where it comes from. Though at the moment, Robertson is undersized as a LB, he is a pass-rushing specialist who could be vital to the Redskins defense on passing downs. Leading the Big 12 in sacks in 2014 and tallying 15.5 TFL in 2014 and 13.5 TFL in 2015. He isn’t great in coverage, but the man can get after the quarterback. Against Oklahoma State, Robertson bull-rushed RT, Zachery Crabtree and took him right into the quarterback.

Another late-round pick, could be a good insurance pick up for the Redskins and would allow them depth without reaching in earlier rounds.