METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have selected cornerback Patrick Robinson out of Florida State with the 32nd overall pick in the NFL draft.
The move gives the defending champions the flexibility to move last year's first-round choice, cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, to safety if they are unable to bring back free agent Darren Sharper.
The Saints were expected to use their top pick on a defensive player. While the Saints led the NFL in offense for the third time in four seasons, their defense ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed (357.8 per game) in 2009. Robinson, who is 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, will give the Saints another potential nickel back behind their starting cornerback tandem of Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer.
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