When Allen Robinson declared for the draft, he was widely considered as a potential first-round prospect. After all, he led the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons. In 2013, he reeled in 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns.
Then, he made a trip to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
Robinson's performance in Indianapolis was unfortunate. His measurables looked good, standing at 6'2" and weighing 220 pounds; however, he didn't perform to the standards of his college tape.
He ran a sluggish 4.60-second 40-yard dash, recorded a 39" vertical jump and a seven-second three-cone drill. Robinson didn't finish as the top performer at his position in any of these categories.
His draft stock fell in the aftermath.
While Robinson stumbled, prospects such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks soared, surpassing him in draft rankings, according to CBSSports.com.
Something needed to happen quickly and drastically if Robinson were to make up ground.
That's exactly what happened after a stellar pro day on Tuesday.
A slimmed-down Robinson took the field at Penn State for NFL scouts. He looked lean, weighing 208 pounds, according to Jeff Reynolds of CBSSports.com—down 12 pounds from his combine weight.
His decision to get his weight down did wonders.
Robinson ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, recorded a 42" vertical jump, a 6.53-second three-cone drill and even improved his already decent broad jump—127" at the combine—to 131", according to PennLive.com.
NBC's Pro Football Talk tweeted a graphic of his improved numbers:
So, how does this performance help Robinson?
For one, it reaffirms what we've all seen while watching his tape at Penn State.
We already knew that Robinson isn't a burner, but he looked to have better acceleration than what he showed at the combine. His ability to out-jump defenders to nab contested balls was one of his strongest attributes while in college as well—an improved vertical jump solidified that notion. His improved three-cone drill bodes well for his ability to shake defenders on double moves and create yards after the catch.
The funny thing about Allen Robinson's numbers, people actually keep telling me he isn't explosive. Tried to tell them he is deceptive.— Ryan Riddle (@Ryan_Riddle) April 8, 2014
All of these attributes were well on display during his pro day.
Tuesday's pro day roundup: Big days for WR Allen Robinson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio. http://t.co/QI0UteY3C2— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) April 8, 2014
Now where does he stand in terms of draft order?
Robinson will still be drafted behind quite a few receivers. Sammy Watkins figures to go very early, as does Mike Evans. The aforementioned Beckham and Cooks should be selected prior to Robinson as well.
After that, it gets tricky.
Marqise Lee has been all over draft boards, as he has a great skill set, but teams could be concerned by his injury history. Kelvin Benjamin has been mocked plenty of times in the late-first round; however, his reliability could be a concern going forward.
Robinson has a chance to possibly jump past one, or both, of these receivers.
His reliable hands, physicality, red-zone efficiency and shiftiness could make him a more well-rounded receiver than Lee and Benjamin in some scout's eyes.
If that is indeed the case, he'll go in the first round.
During an interview with Audrey Snyder of PennLive.com, Robinson weighed in on his first-round potential:
It's everyone's dream to go in the first round, but I can't control that so wherever I end up going, God has blessed me with being picked by a team. All I can do is stay prepared and ready and once my name is called, show those guys what I can do and earn my spot on the field.
It appears as though his maturity matches his on-field prowess.
If Robinson is a first-round prospect, where will he go?
As we know, the draft is a fluid process. Teams will trade, unexpected picks will happen and big boards will continue to shift. Although toward the end of the first round, there are plenty of wide receiver-needy teams.
At No. 22, the Philadelphia Eagles will be looking for a long-term replacement for DeSean Jackson. They are followed by the Kansas City Chiefs who need a complement to Dwayne Bowe.
Do you see Allen Robinson as a first-round prospect?
The Cleveland Browns hold the 26th pick and could use another receiver across from Josh Gordon. After that, the New Orleans Saints at No. 27, Carolina Panthers at No. 28 and San Francisco 49ers at No. 30 could all be in the market as well.
So, Robinson had an impressive college career, stumbled a bit at the combine, reasserted himself at his pro day and now lies in wait for the 2014 NFL draft on May 8.
It's been a long, crazy offseason for this wide receiver; however, he finished it out strong. Expect to hear his name called sooner rather than later on draft day.
All combine measurements and statistics courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker.