How Allen Robinson Fits with the Jaguars

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How Allen Robinson Fits with the Jaguars
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By drafting Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell effectively put an end to the Justin Blackmon era.

The battle plan for the Jaguars heading into the draft seems to be focused on rebuilding this offense with top-tier prospects.

It started with quarterback Blake Bortles at pick No. 3 and continued with wide receivers Marqise Lee and Robinson in Round 2.

Unlike Lee, Robinson is a big target who can go up and get the football at its highest point. Showing off during his Penn State pro day, he posted a ridiculous 42" vertical jump, via NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

A productive player during his time in Happy Valley, Robinson finished his collegiate career with 177 receptions for 2,479 yards and 17 touchdowns.

NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki took an in-depth look at a few attributes that will help Robinson at the next level:

Excellent size. Good line release—defeats press. Sinks his hips, breaks off sharply and creates separation. Works back to the ball. Climbs the ladder—has elevation and body control to contort and make plays in the air. Turns short throws into chunk plays -- gets upfield quickly and shows shiftiness, vision and run strength. Executed a full route tree in a pro-style offense. Highly productive—totaled 174-2,445-17 (14.0) in last two seasons. Will be a 21-year-old rookie. 

Robinson's best fit in Jacksonville will come when he lines up on the outside.

Being 6'3" and having the ability to dominate in jump-ball situations, it's easy to project him as a Day 1 starter in offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch's scheme.

Naturally, with Robinson now in the mix, Cecil Shorts and Lee could be even more effective when they're asked to work in the slot.

You can focus in on his size if you want to, but Robinson's best trait is actually his soft hands.

As Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal mentioned, "Robinson displays consistent fundamentals when catching the football. When positioned properly, he extends his arms, snatching the ball with his hands before quickly securing it to his body."

The more tape you put on, the harder it becomes to find an uninviting aspect of his game. He just looks like a wide receiver who has a shot to be a special talent in the National Football League.

One of Robinson's biggest supporters is Bleacher Report draft guru Matt Miller. In his pro comparison video, Miller compared the Penn State wide receiver to Green Bay Packers superstar Jordy Nelson.

On film, another comparison that I see at times is Andre Johnson, who plays with the division rival Houston Texans. Both guys are hard to bring down and can overwhelm cornerbacks with their grinding, physical style of play.

But unlike Johnson, Robinson isn't the fastest wide receiver around. Running a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at the combine, he didn't showcase the same burst that he did on film.

That's the one major concern you have with this guy. Will his lack of elite speed hurt him when he makes the leap over to the NFL?

At the end of the day, this was yet another quality pick for the Jaguars organization. Robinson is a valuable pass-catcher who will make Bortles' life a heck of a lot easier on Sundays.

 

*All combine information via NFL.com, unless noted otherwise.

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