Robert Blanton

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Robert Blanton
No. 36     Minnesota Vikings
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-09-07) September 7, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Clackamas, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Matthews (NC) David W. Butler
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 139
Debuted in 2012 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 73
Interceptions 0
Passes defensed 0
Stats at

Robert Jack Blanton (born September 7, 1989) is an American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

High School[edit]

Blanton attended David W. Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina. He tallied 94 tackles, five interceptions and six blocked kicks in 2007 as senior ... also gained 252 yards on 16 receptions. He helped the Bulldogs reach second round of Class 4AA playoffs, and was named 2007 Defensive Player of the Year by Charlotte Observer. As a junior, totaled 147 tackles, 12 pass breakups and seven interceptions in 15 games. He was named second-team all-state as a sophomore after recording 126 tackles, six interceptions, 10 pass breakups, forced six fumbles and blocked six kicks. He participated in basketball, track, ran hurdles and was jumper on track team, surpassing 21 feet in long jump and clearing 6-7 in high jump.

Considered a four-star recruit by, he was rated as the 22nd best safety in the nation.[1] He was selected to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College Career[edit]

Blanton attended the University of Notre Dame between 2008 to 2011. Playing in 50 games, 26 in which he started, he amassed a total of 194 tackles, including 19.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, 23 pass deflections, and eight interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

Professional Career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Blanton was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round, 139th overall, of the 2012 NFL Draft.[2]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 208 lb 31 14 in 9 18 in 4.70 s 3.97 s 6.71 s 34 in 9 ft 8 in 12 reps
All values from NFL combine[3]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On May 22, 2012, Blanton signed with the Vikings.[4]


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