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Scouting Report: Penn State WR Allen Robinson
- Updated: January 26, 2014
Name: Allen Robinson
School: Penn State
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6’3” 210 lbs.
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
2011 Statistics: 3 Receptions, 29 Yards, 0 Touchdowns
2012 Statistics: 77 Receptions, 1,018 Yards, 11 Touchdowns
2013 Statisitics: 97 Receptions, 1,432 Yards, 6 Touchdowns
Accomplishments: 1st Team All-American (2013), 1st Team All Big-10 (2012 and 2013)
Hands: I calculated Allen Robinson’s catch percentage to be at a little over 85% which needs work but is a better number than Marqise Lee who is projected to go higher. Lots of these catches are short routes but with a freshman quarterback Robinson needed to make some tough catches on a frequent basis and showed strong hands.
Route Running: Robinson’s routes are designed to get the ball in his hands so he can make plays after the catch. Routes such as slants, screens, and streaks are run more frequently by Robinson but I personally believe that he will be able to develop into running the complete route tree at the next level.
Speed: Robinson is projected to run a 4.5 forty yard dash which is average for a wide receiver but his lateral quickness is exceptional for a man of his size at the position. Robinson uses his big body rather than speed to create his seperation from defensive backs.
Intangibles: Robinson is a two-time 1,000 yard receiver at Penn State and was able to achieve this feat with two different quarterbacks. Under Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin and freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Robinson was able to become the Nittany Lions number one threat offensively and a dominant force in the Big 10. Robinson has an opportunity to be the best NFL wide receiver in the history of Penn State and at least the best since Bobby Engram.
Blocking: Nothing special here, below average in my opinion but Robinson will be out there to run routes rather than block. Robinson just isn’t able to maintain his blocks for more than maybe a half a second and would be a poor choice to run a toss play in his direction.
YAC/Returning: Allen Robinson is easily the best receiver in the draft at yards after the catch and is special with the ball in his hands. Robinson is not a kick returner but is capable of taking a five yard route and turning it into a fifty yard play with his exceptional vision and lateral quickness.
Draft Stock: Robinson’s stock is certainly on the rise after his exceptional season despite having a true freshman at quarterback. However with the unbelievable depth that the wide receiving group has this year in the draft, Robinson could fall as teams may look to wait to grab their receivers this year.
Draft Range: Robinson is a player that will be fascinating to watch throughout the draft process. I have seen mock drafts with him going as early as the mid-twenties and some that have him in the third round. Expect Robinson to fall around the late first or early second range.
Perfect Fits: I would love to see Robinson go to a team like the New York Jets. Robinson’s big body and playmaking skills are something Geno Smith needs in order to improve upon his rookie campaign and Rex Ryan would love this guy. Other possible fits include the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Carolina Panthers.
Comparison: Brandon Marshall. This kid is so similar to Marshall with the ball in his hands in so many ways. Both are big bodies with average speed but show off unbelievable vision and are not afraid to keep the legs turning and fight through arm-tackles. Like Marshall early in his career, Robinson has a tendency to drop the easy passes but makes up for it with some of the most unbelievable catches you will see. Marshall like Robinson will be targeted often due to his playmaking ability and shows number one receiver abilities.
Final Thoughts: I love this kid’s potential and believe that he is a first round talent. I believe that Robinson is a future star and will be an impact player in his rookie season. Recent struggles by Penn State when it comes to producing playmakers offensively does concern me, but I believe Robinson will ultimately become the best the Nittany Lions has ever produced from the wide receiver position and will be a pro bowler multiple times throughout his career. I think Braylon Edwards is the floor for this kid.