Andre Roberts, The Citadel
5' 11" 179 lbs.
Meet one of the best 2010 NFL Draft Prospects in the FCS (formerly division 1AA). Lindy’s 2009 All-FCS first team All American Receiver Andre Roberts. Al little small at barely 180 pounds soaking wet, but don’t let that light-weight fool you, he is solid muscle, tough, strong, athletically gifted and has great hands.
2008: Burst onto the radar of NFL Scouts after he burned the Clemson Tigers in the second game (9-6-08) of the 2008 season for nine catches, 153 yards and one TD. Ex-Tigers coach Tommy Bowden said, "There are a lot of NFL players from I-AA (FCS) schools, and he might be one of them." Entering his senior season he has scored a touchdown in 17 consecutive games.
He finished the 2008 college football season ranked #2 in the FCS in receptions per game and #4 in receiving yards per game. He recorded 95 receptions for 1,334 yards and 14 TDs.
By the end of his junior season, his career totals are 208 receptions, 2,951 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns. Roberts has already broken every receiving record in Citadel football history.
When asked about how he felt on setting the records Roberts said: “I feel no different now that I have the records, than when I didn’t have them. It feels good to know that I’m in the record books for an individual honor, but I’d rather be in the record books as part of a team that wins a Southern Conference Championship.”
Roberts is also one heck of a punt returner with 68 career punt returns for 942 yards and 3 TDs. His punt return ability makes him versatile, he will provide value to the NFL team that drafts him in the 2010 NFL Draft.
As a sophomore in 2007 he played in all 11 games and set a school record for the most catches with 78, along with 1,060 receiving yards and 10 TDs. Those numbers ranked him 11th in the entire FCS is receiving yards per game.
Blazing fast, he also ran track for the Citadel in 2007. Roberts ran a 23.05 in the 200 meters and he ran the anchor leg of the 4x100m relay team that won at the Penn Relays for the fifth-consecutive time in Citadel history, earning his first Penn Relays Championship watch.
As a true freshman he suited up and played in all 11 games for Citadel and recorded 35 catches for 557 yards and 5 TDs. In high school (2005) he was the MVP of the North South All Star game.
“Everyone across the Southern Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision is aware of Andre Roberts’ successes on the football field as he’s already achieved All-America status as a sophomore and junior,” said Citadel coach Kevin Higgins.
“Andre’s proven work on the fields of play parallels the quality individual that he is off the field and in the classroom. He is a leader in every sense of the word as a Citadel cadet – a place where leadership is taught – and he is a very proficient student as well as an accomplished athlete, one who always has a good word for his opponent. It is indeed a pleasure to serve as his coach, and I wish I had more like him.”
Roberts is a fine 2010 NFL Draft Prospect, but he has a long road to go before he laces up his cleats for an NFL team. He must first stay healthy for his senior year, he has shown to be very durable to date, so that is a plus for him and he does have NFL speed. He will however need to show precise route running skills and the ability to get past the jam at the line of scrimmage. I fully expect him to get selected to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine and Senior Bowl, so we will have to wait and see how he stacks up against the big boys.