Newberry College graduate Edmond Robinson has been selected in the 2015 National Football League Draft as the 232nd overall pick in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings.
Robinson is the first NCAA Division II player taken in this year’s NFL Draft.
Robinson is a December 2014 graduate of Newberry College and a native of Wadmalaw Island, S.C., and St. John’s HS alumnus.
Robinson is the first Newberry alumnus selected in the NFL Draft since 1974, when Greg Hartle was selected as the 251st overall pick in the 10th round by the then-St. Louis Cardinals.
He is the fourth Newberry alumnus drafted overall.
Robinson is now the fourth Newberry alumnus currently in the NFL. He joins Newberry alumnus and tight end Brandon Bostick in Minnesota. Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker and New York Giants wide receiver Corey Washington are also in the NFL.
Robinson is the first South Atlantic Conference player to be drafted since Wingate cornerback David Jones was picked by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2007 draft by the New Orleans Saints.
Robinson was a first team all-South Atlantic Conference selection and East-West Shrine Game participant following his senior season, was Newberry’s leading tackler on the season with 68 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a quarterback hurry
He had a season-best 13 tackles in the Homecoming game against Lenoir-Rhyne and 11 tackles in the season finale at North Greenville. His 52 solo stops ranked second in the conference, while his two fumble recoveries ranked him in the top five in the league.
Robinson earned first team all-SAC honors for two consecutive years and was also a DAKTRONICS first team all-Super Region Two honoree as a junior in 2013.
Following his December graduation, Robinson participated in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He was one of two Division II players at each of those events.