According to two NFL writers with the Washington Post, Master Tesfatsion and Mark Maske, 11-year veteran NBA point guard Nate Robinson is trying out at cornerback for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
— Master (@MasterTes) June 13, 2016
Though he was one of the smaller players in the NBA during his 11-year career with eight different teams at only 5'9″, 180 pounds, Robinson was one of the better athletes in the Association for the last decade. Robinson won the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest at the All-Star Game three times.
While he was the No. 21 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Robinson at one time was a two-sport athlete for the Washington Huskies of the then-Pac-10. Robinson made most of his headway on the hardwood for the Huskies, but did play defensive back and special teams for the 2002 Huskies football team.
Though undersized, Robinson could have conceivably made it to the NFL had he stuck with strictly football in college. He has great leaping ability and would have the necessary ball skills to make plays on deep vertical routes in man coverage.
At 32 years old, and probably done with his NBA career, can Robinson contend for a spot on the 2016 Seahawks squad? Probably not, as Seattle boasts one of the NFL's deepest and most prolific secondaries in the game. Seattle will again be a Super Bowl contender in 2016 with the likes of quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman leading the way.
This could ultimately be nothing more than a simple publicity stunt for both Robinson and the Seahawks franchise, but head coach Pete Carroll is often one to think outside of the box, so it could happen.