College: Penn State
Position: Wide Receiver
2013 College Statistics: 97 receptions, 1,432 yards, six touchdowns.
Allen Robinson is one of the more talented wide receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he is a very intriguing prospect to say the very least. He has all the physical ability to become a special player, and is a deep threat with the ability to make plays in the open field and across the middle as well. There are not many receivers in the draft that are as complete as Robinson, and that talent will allow him to be selected high in the draft. Most analysts currently have him projected as a second or third round pick.
- Very quick acceleration allows him to blow past defenders
- Polished route-runner who knows how to get separation
- Above average hands
- Extremely athletic leaping ability
- Perfect size for an NFL wide receiver
- Adjusts well to poorly thrown balls
- Has the frame to put on more weight and become stronger
- Can struggle at times creating plays for himself after the catch
- Blocking effort can be inconsistent
- Body control on the sideline is inconsistent
- Wasn’t used as typical possession receiver in college
- Lack of experience battling for 50/50 balls
Overall, there are a good number of strengths and weaknesses for Robinson, but he still has a lot of room to improve his game as well. With good NFL coaching and the time to work on his game, he has the potential to develop into a “star” wide receiver. His physical abilities are undeniable, but he does have some work to do on his all-around focus and effort. He’ll be a very nice pickup for any team that decides to give him a chance. Expect to see him make an impact in his rookie season given the right situation.
NFL Player Comparison: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers