Wesley College defensive lineman Bryan Robinson has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League as an undrafted free agent.
It will be just the beginning of a whirlwind week for the Wolverine standout. Contacted less than five minutes after the conclusion of this weekend's NFL Draft, Robinson will head to the Cardinals Rookie Mini Camp on Thursday night and take part in his first practice on Friday.
"I'm very excited right now," Robinson said. "But at the same time, I know that it's time to get down to business."
"It's going to be like starting all over again, like freshman year in college. I'm going to have to prove myself, but this time it's against bigger and better competition."
While he excelled as a defensive end in college, the Cardinals will ask Robinson to move inside and play defensive tackle.
Arizona was not the only NFL team to show interest in the three-time All-American. Robinson was also contacted by both the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins during and after the draft. Wesley College had been contacted by over 20 NFL teams in the past year about Robinson.
"Arizona was the first team where the position coach contacted us," Wesley College Head Coach Mike Drass noted. "When Ron Aiken, their defensive line coach, called to express a serious interest that meant a lot. You had a coach that had watched a lot of film on him and felt like he could contribute."
Robinson anchored the Wesley defense for four years, leading the team to a 44-7 record, three trips to the NCAA Playoffs and two trips to the national semifinals. As a senior, he led a team that advanced to the national quarterfinals and won both the Lambert-Meadowlands and ECAC Team of the Year Awards. The team also finished the season ranked fifth in both of the major Division III national polls.
Robinson was named to the AP Little All-American First Team and the American Football Coaches Association All-American First Team in 2007. His selection to the D3football.com All-American First Team was his third selection by that outlet, as was his D3football.com All-South Region Defensive Player of the Year Award. Robinson was also chosen as the ECAC All-Southwest Region Player of the Year.
He was named All-Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC) First Team four times and was the ACFC Defensive Player of the Year three times.
Robinson finished his career as both Wesley's and the ACFC's all-time leader with 47 sacks and 92.5 tackles for loss. He also ranks among the school's all-time leaders in tackles.