Jammie Robinson has always dreamed of playing professional football, and that dream came closer to reality when he was selected by the Carolina Panthers during the NFL Draft Saturday in Kansas City. The defensive back from Florida State was chosen with the No. 145th overall pick in the fifth round.
Robinson became the first Seminoles player picked in this year’s draft and also continued Florida State’s impressive streak of having at least one NFL draft pick for 40 consecutive years. The program has a strong legacy of producing talented defensive backs players like Asante Samuel Jr. (2021), Derwin James (2018) and Jalen Ramsey (2016).
The 5-foot-11 defensive back has spent the past two seasons with Florida State after transferring from South Carolina in 2020. Robinson’s exceptional performance earned him consecutive All-ACC first-team honors, as he led the Seminoles in tackles each season. He recorded a total of 183 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and 5 interceptions.
“One thing about me when it comes to football is that I’m a student of the game,” Robinson said before FSU’s Pro Day on March 31. “That’s something that stood out to a lot of [NFL] teams. When they pulled up my plays and asked me what call we were in on defense and I was able to spit it out to them and let them know what call we were in and everybody’s position.”
Robinson becomes the fifth FSU player drafted by the Panthers and joins defensive back Brian Burns, who was selected in 2019.
Florida State coaches took to social media to congratulate Robinson.
“Congratulations @JayRob_7 so excited for your future with the @Panthers #Playmaker is coming to Charlotte.” coach Mike Norvell posted on Twitter.
“Proud and excited to see @JayRob_7 run with this opportunity,” said defensive coordinator Adam Fuller.
FSU athletics director Michael Alford added, “Congratulations @JayRob_7! Extremely happy for you and your family.”
With the inclusion of Robinson, the Panthers now boast a deep safety lineup. Carolina has already acquired Von Bell and Jeremy Chinn as free agents, and their secondary also features Myles Dorn, Sam Franklin Jr., and Xavier Woods.
This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Matt Murschel at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @osmattmurschel.