The 27-year-old receiver had been bounced around the league for his first five years, but injuries forced the veteran into the spotlight a year ago. He responded with a career-high 858 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, earning himself a five-year, $32.5 million contract this offseason with the Jaguars.
From a fantasy football perspective, Robinson is an intriguing option. Here is all of the information you need before making the tough decision on draft day.
According to ESPN, Robinson has been selected No. 142 in average drafts. In many leagues this is enough for the receiver to go completely undrafted. It seems fantasy owners have been smart enough to stay away from the inconsistent player.
Only fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues should even consider drafting the veteran, despite the fact that he should begin the season as a starting receiver for the Jaguars. There are simply too many question marks to risk a draft pick in most leagues.
Season Projections: 51 receptions, 630 yards, four touchdowns
The Jaguars will lean on the running game now that Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his holdout, especially in the red zone. This will not leave Robinson with a lot of touchdown opportunities. However, as the most veteran receiver on the roster, he should get his fair share of targets throughout the season.
Bye Week: Week 6
Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert will need to improve his performance to make any of his receivers relevant in fantasy football this year. He struggled to a 65.4 quarterback rating and did not allow a single player on the team to top 500 yards or three receiving touchdowns in 2011.
What makes matters worse for Robinson is that his quarterback has not been looking his way in the preseason. The receiver only had two catches in four games, while rookie Justin Blackmon was targeted much more often and was able to get into the end zone against the New Orleans Saints.
Being the second option on a poor offensive team does not bode well for his upcoming season.
Similar Players to Take Before Robinson
Titus Young, Darrius Heyward-Bey and even Justin Blackmon are being drafted around the same point as Robinson, but each of them provide better upside this season.
Similar Players to Take After Robinson
Would you draft Laurent Robinson in a 12-team league?
For all of his fantasy faults, Robinson does represent a safe choice that could help out as a bye week fill-in during the year. That is more than you can say about riskier options like Leonard Hankerson, Kendall Wright and Jon Baldwin.
These youngsters could have a good game or two, but they might also be invisible throughout the season.
If you are part of a deep fantasy league of 14 or more teams, Laurent Robinson might be worth keeping on your bench. Otherwise, you will not regret passing on the Jaguars receiver during the draft.