FLOWERY BRANCH – Following the Southeastern Conference trend again, Travian Robertson was the last pick by the Falcons in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 304 pound defensive tackle isn’t going to rack up the statistics, but he can be a rotational guy and a role player for Atlanta.
The Falcons have a platoon of defensive tackles at the moment, so Robertson will have to prove his worth if he wants to see any real playing time this coming season. He doesn’t get into the backfield often, but he can be effective when helping out with the run game.
“I feel like stopping the run is what I do best. I’m going to come in and I’m going to work and get better. I didn’t have many sacks coming out, but that’s something that I really want to work on,” said Robertson.
He was a three-year letter winner at South Carolina. In 12 games as a senior he recorded 45 tackles, eight for a loss and two sacks.
Robertson dealt with a torn ACL in the past, but he’s done everything in his power to work past it.
“It hit me, but I kept fighting and kept working hard and here I am today,” he said.
It’s tough for any team to find a solid contributor in the seventh round, but the Falcons hope Robertson will be able to make an impact after he’s coached up a bit.
The last defensive tackle Atlanta selected in the seventh round – Vance Walker – is starting to make waves in Mike Smith’s defensive line rotation.