Nate Robinson thinks he would be an 'elite' NFL cornerback

Nate Robinson thinks he would be an 'elite' NFL cornerback
October 21, 2013, 4:00 pm
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By Paul Roumeliotis

Former Bull and current Nuggets guard Nate Robinson believes that he could have been an "elite" cornerback in the NFL.

Robinson was a defensive back in high school in addition to being on the basketball team.

He also played one year of football at the University of Washington where he recorded two interceptions for the Huskies, but decided to withdraw from the team to pursue his basketball career.

But even at 5-foot-9, Robinson is confident he'd be a standout player.

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"If I was in the NFL, I’d probably be at least, like, the first or second DB in the NFL. One, two or three, I’d say, because (Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback) Darrelle] Revis is pretty solid, (Arizona Cardinals corner) Patrick Peterson is pretty solid and you got my man (Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard) Sherman holding it down. It’d be a tough position, but the level that I was playing football at at the time, I was — you know, it was fun for me and it came pretty easy. 

"And I only gave it a year in college, so for me, it’d be pretty scary to think about, you know, my future in football. If I really gave it my all, and stopped focusing on basketball, and gave everything I had on football, I’d probably be one of the best corners the NFL has ever seen."

Bears Pro Bowl defensive back Tim Jennings comes in at 5-foot-8 and is one of the more underrated cornerbacks in the NFL. 

So perhaps Robinson might have a point. After all, he is known for his speed and aggressive style of play on the basketball court.