Panthers take former XFL safety Kenny Robinson in Round 5

Safety Kenny Robinson is blazing a new trail to the NFL. 

The former West Virginia University and St. Louis Battlehawks standout became the first player from the now-defunct XFL to be drafted by an NFL team when the Carolina Panthers selected him Saturday with their fifth-round pick.

Several NFL teams have already signed former XFL players, but Robinson was a different case because he still had college eligibility remaining when he joined the XFL's Battlehawks.

An All-Big 12 safety at WVU as a sophomore in 2018, Robinson was kicked out of school last spring for violations that included academic fraud. He signed with the Battlehawks when the XFL debuted and was one of their top defensive players, with 21 tackles and two interceptions in five games before the league was forced to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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