UTEP DL Roy Robertson scheduled for predraft visit with Chiefs

Sept. 19, 2015; Las Cruces, NM; UTEP defensive lineman Roy Robertson celebrates with fans holding the Brass Spittoon after the Miners defeated New Mexico State at Aggie Memorial Stadium. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

UTEP DL Roy Robertson scheduled for predraft visit with Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former University of Texas-El Paso defensive end Roy Robertson is scheduled for a predraft visit with the Chiefs, a source informed The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs typically do not announce predraft visits.

The 6-7, 255-pound Robertson did not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, but made up for it Thursday with a strong showing during his Pro Day workout.

He recorded an unofficial 4.81 time in the 40-yard dash, 23 repetitions on the bench press, a 7.0 time in the 3-cone drill, a 4.27 time in the 5-10-5 short shuttle event and a 35-inch vertical leap.

Robertson’s Pro Day results in the timed drills would have ranked among the top-10 leaders at the defensive line position at the Combine. His 3-cone drill time would have tied as the third-highest mark, the 40-yard time tied as the ninth-best and Roberston’s effort in the short shuttle would have tied as the fifth-highest mark in Indianapolis.

Robertson started all 12 games in his senior season, totaling 51 tackles (27 solo), 2 ½ sacks and four pass breakups. He led the UTEP defense the past season in quarterback hurries with nine.

While UTEP mostly played a 4-2-5 base defense, Robertson has experience to play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 base scheme.

And Robertson’s versatility has apparently intrigued teams, as he has upcoming meetings and workouts scheduled with “multiple teams” running either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme, the source said.

On his collegiate career, Robertson, who was a team captain in his senior season and a 2014 All-C-USA Honorable Mention selection, produced 134 tackles (58 solo), 8 ½ sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Robertson is the cousin of former NFL offensive lineman Carl Nicks, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who played for the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Teams around the league are allowed to host a maximum of 30 visits with prospects before the NFL Draft. The visits could include interviews, physicals and written examinations. Teams are not allowed to put a visiting prospect through a workout.


Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use thecontact pageto reach him or find him on Twitter:@HerbieTeope.