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Allen Robinson NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Jaguars WR

Apr 20, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) runs with the ball in the first quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State (HT: 6'2⅝", WT: 220 lbs.)

Jacksonville Jaguars (Jaguars traded the 70th and 150th picks for the 61st pick)

Second Round: 61st Pick

 

NFL Comparison: Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmsHands
6'2 5/8"22032"9 1/2"
NFL.com
Combine Workout
40-Yard Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone DrillShuttle
4.601.5439"10'7"7.004.00
NFL.com

 

Positives

  • Prototypical all-around size for an NFL receiver. 
  • Has the frame to add some weight, which would help him develop as a possession receiver. 
  • A polished route runner who knows how to get open despite modest athleticism and speed. 
  • Quick release off the line of scrimmage and accelerates to full speed quickly. 
  • Footwork and strength allow him to consistently beat press coverage.
  • Does a nice job adjusting to poorly placed balls, especially on shorter routes, something which he was forced to deal with frequently in 2013 while working with freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
  • Very reliable hands.
  • Impressive leaping ability gives him the potential to develop into strong possession receiver.

 

Negatives

  • Struggles to create for himself after the catch when he isn't given the ball in space.
  • He has the speed to break off chunks of yardage when space is given to him, but he simply lacks the quickness and agility in tight spaces to make defenders miss.
  • Blocking effort is inconsistent. 
  • Does a lot of standing around and tends to give up on blocks, even when he can still impact the play. 
  • Wasn't used in a typical possession receiver role at Penn State, but that may be the role his limited athleticism forces him into in the NFL. 
  • Limited experience battling for contested catches down the field. 
  • Inconsistent ability tracking the ball down the field and putting himself in position to make catches on deeper routes when the ball isn't perfectly placed. 
  • Body control when going up for the ball, especially on the sideline, is inconsistent. 
  • Struggles to consistently track the ball and to position himself in such a way that he can shield the defender and come down with the ball in position to attempt to make a play after the catch. 
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2011Penn State3299.70
2012Penn State77101813.211
2013Penn State97143214.86
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Personal Notes

  • Still only 20 years old (turns 21 in August).  
  • Suspended for first half of 2013 season opener for disciplinary issues. 
  • Honored as 2012 and 2013 Big Ten receiver of the year. 

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Robinson lacks the upside and big play potential of a typical first round wide receiver prospect. His speed and overall athleticism is modest, which limits what he will be able to do against NFL defensive backs. However, he has the size and route running skills to develop into a quality possession receiver. A realistic expectation would be for him to develop into Brian Hartline type receiver—a quality second or third option who excels on underneath routes.

However, as he continues to develop his route running technique and learns how to better use his size as an asset, it's reasonable to hope that he could reach an Anquan Boldin level of production. 

 

Draft Projection: Second-Third Round

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