If you've been paying attention to draft talk on TV or the Internet, there are quite a few receivers that analysts have been touting for these past few months. You've most likely heard about players like Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Cody Lattimore, and Jordan Matthews among others. One player that isn't getting nearly the hype I think he should is Penn State's Allen Robinson; so let me shed some light on this intriguing prospect.
After catching only 12 passes his freshman year, Robinson was forced to step up as the team's #1 receiver his second year. He responded in a big way starting the 2012 season with nine catches for nearly 100 yards and ending the season as the school's record holder in catches with 77. He was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a 2012 Biletnikoff Award finalist. In 2013, he didn't match his TD total of 2012, but he set a new school record for catches with 97 and recorded nearly 1,500 yards as the team's top offensive weapon.
At the combine, his numbers were good on everything except the 40 yard dash where he recorded a 4.60. When it came time for his pro day, he not only improved his 40 time to show off the speed that I believed he had, but improved several categories. He ran a reported 4.47 in the 40, had a three-cone drill of 6.53, his vertical was 42" and his broad jump was 10'11". Those numbers would make any receiver look good, but considering Robinson's size (6'3" and 220lbs), those measurables are astounding.
CBSSports.com compares him to Anquan Boldin
COMPARES TO: Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers - Robinson doesn't have elite speed, but like Boldin he is a good-sized athlete with deceiving acceleration and strength at the catch point to be both a possession target and big play-threat.--Dane Brugler (1/2/14)
Boldin came out of college at 6' 1/2" and 216 pounds. He ran a 4.71 40, had a three-cone of 7.35, a vertical of 33.5" and a broad jump of 9'6". Considering how well Boldin has played in the NFL with those measurables, Robinson could have an amazing career.
Robinson has just two years of starting experience at wide receiver and the weaknesses CBS lists are correctable flaws. Add all of this up and you can see that his ceiling is very high. Knowing the Cowboys preference for big, fast wide receivers, Robinson should be a strong consideration in my opinion. Knowing how deep this class is at wide receiver, there is a possibility he's there in the second when the Cowboys are on the clock. I know this team needs defensive players, but they also only have Bryant and Williams as outside receivers. Dez's back has some issues and Williams still has something to prove as a full-time starter. If Robinson is still there when the Cowboys are on the clock in the second round, I think he'd be the best player available and I'd be very happy if he were the pick.