EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - MAY 4: Josh Robinson #31 of the Minnesota Vikings runs through a drill during a rookie minicamp on May 4, 2012 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Sign Third Round Pick Josh Robinson To 4-Year Deal

The Minnesota Vikings signed draft pick Josh Robinson on Wednesday, leaving only Matt Kalil's rookie contract to sort out before training camp begins.

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Josh Robinson Signs Four-Year Deal With Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have come to an agreement with third-round pick Josh Robinson. The cornerback, selected No. 66 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Central Florida, has signed a four-year deal, via ProFootballTalk.

Robinson was happy to tweet the news on Wednesday, along with a picture of his first professional jersey:

The Vikings will begin their training camp on Thursday. There have been a flurry of signings ahead of camps opening, but Minnesota still has yet to finalize a deal with first-round pick Matt Kalil. Negotiations with Kalil have been held up because of offset language.

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2012 Vikings Offseason: Leslie Frazier Believes Rookies Will Play Big Roles

After seeing his rookies in offseason OTAs and minicamps, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier came away pleased with their progress and looking forward to seeing the youngsters compete in pads, says Sid Hartman of the Star-Tribune.

The Vikings finished 3-13 last season, so left tackle Matt Kalil, the No. 4 overall selection out of USC, as well as former Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith, the No. 29 overall pick, will be immediate upgrades to Minnesota's personnel. Frazier also praised cornerback Josh Robinson, the team's third-rounder, and former Arkansas receivers Jarius Wright and Greg Childs.

Kalil's development will be crucial so that the Vikings can protect quarterback Christian Ponder, their first-round pick in 2011. Frazier says facing off against Jared Allen and Brian Robinson in pads in training camp can only help Kalil get better quickly.

Hartman mentions that Ponder did not have much practice time before last season began, so his first true offseason with the team could be an opportunity for the former Florida State Seminole to make a big leap.

All told, early playing time is readily available in Minneapolis.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out the Daily Norseman, and head over to SBNation's NFL hub for all news and analysis.


Vikings OTAs: Asher Allen Retirement Opens Door For Others

The retirement of cornerback Asher Allen has thrust a spotlight onto the Minnesota Vikings defensive backfield.

The Star Tribune ran an article looking at the possible alternatives to Allen, and the candidates for playing have changed drastically since last season.

Allen's exit, it's presumed, will open the door for the Vikings to add another body to their secondary. Whoever that turns out to be will have to introduce himself to [Antoine] Winfield, who in recent days has been getting to know new corners Chris Carr and Zack Bowman (both signed in free agency) and rookie Josh Robinson (drafted in the third round in April).

Oh, a pair of rookie safeties (Harrison Smith and Robert Blanton) also could be in line to earn significant playing time this fall.

Plus, promising corner Chris Cook is back after missing last season's final 10 games following his arrest on domestic assault charges.

Of course, having some new faces around might not be the worst thing for the Vikings secondary. Last season the team's pass defense surrendered 4,019 yards -- seventh worst in the NFL -- while giving up 34 touchdowns. Opposing quarterbacks completed 68.2 percent of their passes against Minnesota; only the Indianapolis Colts had a worse mark.

Of the 11 DBs who started for the Vikings last season, five, including Allen, are no longer on the roster.

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Minnesota Vikings Minicamp: CB Josh Robinson One Of Several Rookie Standouts On Day 1

The Minnesota Vikings opened rookie minicamp on Friday. Two practices is a little early to start anointing 2012 starters, but a handful of players stood out on their first day wearing a Vikings uniform. Among those getting rave reviews was cornerback Josh Robinson, a 3rd-round pick in last week's draft.

Robinson, according to the Vikings official page, flashed the speed that attracted scouts. He also demonstrated an ability to cover.

The Vikings' two defensive backs from Notre Dame also used the occasion to put on a show. Robert Blanton, a 5th-round pick, showed "energy, size and instincts" in practice. His college teammate and the Vikes' 1st-round pick, Harrison Smith, looked equally as sharp.

Undrafted rookie receiver Kamar Jorden made a couple of highlight-reel catches and fired off the line well.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, head over to The Daily Norseman. If you want more on the NFL in general, just check out SB Nation's main NFL hub at sbnation.com/NFL.


2012 NFL Draft Results: Josh Robinson Selected By Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings drafted another player that they feel can be an immediate contributor by tabbing University of Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson with the 66th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Robinson was a pretty productive player for the Golden Knights, but he really wowed scouts at the 2012 NFL Combine by putting up the fastest 40-yard dash time, blistering the track at 4.33 seconds. He also had the best showing of all defensive backs at the Combine in the broad jump and the three-cone drill while finishing third in the vertical leap category.

He was a two-time all-Conference USA first-teamer, and racked up 10 interceptions and 36 passes defended over the course of the past two seasons. Robinson also developed into a very good punt returner at UCF, averaging 15.2 yards a return as a sophomore in 2010. He has also shown to be durable, playing in all 38 games he was eligible for in his three-year career in Central Florida.

This appears to be a very good pick for the Vikings, as Robinson can likely contribute immediately as a return specialist and work his way into the lineup as a cornerback. It seems that he'd be better in the type of zone scheme that the Vikings tend to favor rather than a man-based scheme.

Robinson has very impressive physical attributes, and has everything it takes to develop into a solid cornerback for the Vikings in the future.

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