Right now is a time in college football that can seem to drag on, as there’s not much on-field material to discuss. Most teams are just preparing for the bowl games that will start in a week or two. Part of the fun of this time of the season is all of the speculation that can now go on about next year. The most recent edition of the weekly Fansided NFL Mock Draft has Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson being taken 26th by the San Francisco 49ers.
Of course, Robinson still has another year of eligibility left at Penn State. However, though he’s not expected to announce his future plans until sometime over the Christmas break, it is expected that Robinson will declare himself for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Robinson posses a unique combination of size and speed that makes him a promising prospect at the next level. His reliable hands and ability to leap and bring down most passes thrown his direction make him a talent that could be very dangerous as a professional receiver.
The projected selection by the San Francisco 49ers is an interesting one, as the team seems to be built around the run game. However, the 49ers have shown an ability to throw the ball with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He could use some more targets to throw to, as wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the team’s leading receiver this season, may not have many productive years left. San Francisco already has a wide receiver who garnered a lot of attention at the collegiate level in Michael Crabtree. Unfortunately, he has yet to live up to his potential in the NFL and has had some trouble staying healthy.
Whenever Robinson does decided to go pro whoever takes him will be getting the Big Ten’s leading receiver over the last two seasons. In his two years as a starter for the Nittany Lions, Robinson has racked up 177 receptions for 2,479 yards and 17 touchdowns.
So, let the speculation begin. There’s little doubt that Robinson will be drafted by an NFL team, most likely in the first round. Regardless if it’s this year or after next season, Robinson has a bright future ahead of him playing football on Sundays.
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