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New York Jets Draft Countdown: Making the Case for Allen Robinson
Michael Conroy

Adding playmaking talent on offense is the New York Jets' biggest priority in the upcoming NFL draft.

While general manager John Idzik remains extremely deliberate in trying to construct a formidable 53-man roster capable of claiming a playoff spot in the AFC next season, the Jets remain in dire need of a dynamic wide receiver who can complement newly acquired wideout Eric Decker.

Former Penn State receiver Allen Robinson is a beastly talent capable of changing the complexion of a game in an instant. At 6'2'' and 220 pounds, Robinson possesses an effective combination of size and athleticism. He clocked a 4.60-second 40-yard dash time at the annual scouting combine, according to NFL.com, and demonstrated outstanding leaping ability in the broad jump. Robinson was a top performer in that category, posting a mark of 127".

The 2014 NFL draft features perhaps the deepest pool of receiving talent in the modern era. Although the Jets hold the 18th overall pick, they don't necessarily need to snag a wideout in the first round of the draft. Robinson grades as a second-round pick in several mock drafts, but could possibly be nabbed late in the first round. At No. 49 overall, the Jets should have a chance to add Robinson to their receiving corps.

Robinson registered 97 catches for 1,432 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his final collegiate season, averaging a solid 14.8 yards per reception. His ability to utilize his large frame and body strength against defenders helped fuel his success. Robinson features long arms (32"), which, when combined with his leaping ability, enables him to make catches over the top of defensive backs.

According to Dane Brugler of CBSSports, Robinson is an efficient route-runner, able to find soft spots in zones. He works well in traffic, and while Brugler notes that Robinson doesn't possess terrific vertical speed, he believes that the receiver will improve upon his ability to gain separation by fine-tuning his footwork. Robinson's a good athlete who would greatly improve the Jets' depth at receiver.

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CBSSports ranks Robinson as the seventh-best available receiver in this year's draft, specifically because of his athleticism. He's an accomplished player talented enough to develop into a dependable No. 2 wideout.

Robinson led the Big Ten in total receiving yards over the past two seasons while also setting single-season school records in both yards and receptions. He was a difference-maker at the college level and has the tools needed to adjust at the pro level.

Robinson is a physical presence who can bully defensive backs and make tough catches against tight coverage. The Jets don't currently possess a playmaking talent like Robinson, who would immediately become a supreme red-zone and third-down target for either Geno Smith or Michael Vick.

While Robinson isn't the Jets' singular option at receiver in the second round, he boasts a skill set that should translate well at the next level in his rookie season.

New York is far removed from the back-to-back AFC title appearances in Rex Ryan's first two years as head coach, but the team is armed with an arsenal of draft picks and plentiful salary-cap space. At No. 18 overall, the Jets are practically assured of missing out on several highly touted draft prospects, like Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins and North Carolina pass-catching tight end Eric Ebron.

But the second round offers a bounty of potential difference-makers, such as Robinson, whom the Jets should definitely take a flier on.

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