Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson has officially declared himself eligible for the 2014 NFL draft, but opinions vary about where he'll land on draft day.
ESPN's SportsCenter provided the news, along with Robinson's 2013 stat line:
Penn State All-American WR Allen Robinson will enter the NFL Draft. Robinson had 97 catches for 1,432 yards this year.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 2, 2014
In addition to the impressive numbers, the Junior out of Southfield, Mich. hauled in six touchdown passes to lead the Nittany Lions.
In a statement released by the Penn State website, Robinson thanked the school while looking ahead to his future:
It was a great honor to play at Penn State. I am blessed to have played with, and for, the people in the Penn State football program. This is a decision that I believe is best for my family and I, and I wish all the best to the University and all my teammates.
You don't put together a stellar season like that by taking games off, and Robinson's game logs demonstrate tremendous consistency from week to week. This is a trait that NFL scouts must love, as it demonstrates not only consistent focus but also a stellar work ethic.
One of the things NFL teams are looking for in receivers is good size/speed prospects.
Calvin Johnson is a perfect example of what the dream prospect looked like (and he turned out pretty good, too), when he came into the NFL Scouting Combine measuring in at 6'5" and 239 pounds of raw muscle and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds.
While Robinson doesn't possess Johnson's freakish size or speed, he's not shabby in either department.
At 6'3" and 205 pounds, he is plenty big enough to compete and win against NFL cornerbacks on contested passes. He also has enough quickness and strength to win at the line of scrimmage. Dane Brugler of CBS Sports elaborates:
Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior, is the physical prototype, blending great size, strength and acceleration to project as a future NFL star. He's much more fluid than his lanky frame would suggest and showed great power and determination in this contest, fighting off would-be tacklers to generate yards after the catch.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller is a big fan and debates whether or not to make Robinson his No. 2 receiver (behind Sammy Watkins):
@RumfordJohnny I've been debating making Allen Robinson my No. 2 WR (behind Watkins). Big fan.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 2, 2014
However, not everyone is sold.
Shane P. Hallam of draftTV.com wonders if Robinson is missing that special something:
I have a tough time projecting Penn State WR Allen Robinson. Good at everything, productive, but he doesn’t flash special to me. 2nd round— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) January 2, 2014
Based on his production in college against high-level competition, you can be sure the Penn State product will get a shot at making an NFL roster in 2014.
When will Robinson be drafted?
Likely, he'll have a chance to boost his stock in the eyes of some scouts if he runs fast in the 40 at the combine. If he can prove he's got the afterburners to beat NFL cornerbacks deep downfield, then it's likely Robinson will be drafted somewhere in the bottom half of the first round.
Lord knows, there's plenty of NFL teams picking late that could use a talented receiver. San Francisco, Seattle, Carolina, Indianapolis, San Diego and even New Orleans could all potentially be looking at adding a young playmaker like Robinson.
If he does fall out of the first round, you can be sure he won't fall far.
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