Former Saint Louis Battlehawks safety and fan-favorite Kenny Robinson traveled on a unique path to the NFL. The former West Virginia star transferred out of WVU in order to be closer to his family after there was concern around his academics, but was denied an eligibility-waiver which means he had to sit out a year to play. Conveniently, Robinson had the XFL opportunity fall into his lap and he decided to skip out on his last year of college and enter the XFL draft so he could then enter the following NFL Draft.
After a short season in the XFL, Robinson was named to the Midseason All-XFL team after recording 2 interceptions. Robinson was then selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft at 152nd overall. Robinson was also called a "top-quality" safety prospect" and an NFL-ready talent according to Pro Football Focus. At 6'2", 200lbs Robinson was though to have good size as well.
However, the Carolina Panthers Fansided affiliate, "Cat Crave", has already declared the former Battlehawks star a bust claiming that, " Robinson just hasn’t done enough to be considered as anything other than a bust at this juncture". As hard as it is to admit, Robinson hasn't really done much since joining the team, only appearing in five games and having only played special teams snaps.
Sure Robinson could still have potential and it may be too early to call him a bust and he can always latch on with another team, but for right now the outlook isn't great. In fact, Robinson has already been released from the Panthers once before being brought back to the practice squad. It is not a great sign when a mid-round pick is already getting released from the team in his first year.
Cat Crave also wrote that "the jury is still out as to whether Carolina is going to keep him around in 2021". That being said, if Robinson's NFL hopes do in fact fade, is there a chance he could return to the XFL and maybe even the Battlehawks? It's possible, but another former Saint Louis star could find his way back in due time