6-3 210 lbs
2013 Stats- 97 rec 1432 yards 6 TD
4.60 40 yard dash, 39.0 vertical jump, 10’7” broad jump
Robinson’s biggest strength is his size and leaping ability. At 6’3 with a 39-inch vertical leap, Robinson is a handful for defensive backs, especially in jump ball situations. During his junior season, Robinson showed the ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point on many occasions, including plays in which he was well covered. He also showed an explosive ability after the catch despite not having game breaking speed. For a bigger receiver, he’s very shifty and shows the ability to make defenders miss.
The Southfield, Michigan product shows good strength and toughness and isn’t afraid to battle with defenders. This holds true while fighting off jams and also while run blocking. Playing in Bill O’Brien’s pro-style offense also serves as a strength for Robinson, as he executed many of the routes he will be asked to run in the pros. Finally, a strength that is overlooked far too often during the draft process, production. During his two seasons as a starter, Robinson accumulated 174 catches for 2,445 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The biggest knock on the former Penn State receiver is his lack of top-end, straight line speed. Robinson clocked in at a 4.60 in the 40 yard dash at the combine. While that’s fine in college, NFL corner backs are quicker and stronger and Robinson will need to be able to gain separation. While Robinson shows the ability to go up and get the ball, he can use his body to makes catches too often. This can lead to unnecessary drops over the middle. Like most college receivers, Robinson could also use some work on his footwork in and out of cuts to become sharper in his route running.
Lightly recruited out of high school, Robinson was a star in Bill O’Brien’s offense at Penn State. The big, talented receiver has certainly impressed fans and, more importantly, NFL scouts. Despite breakaway speed, Robinson is sure to have the opportunity to make an impact on an NFL offense very early in his career. The size and ball skills Robinson possess cannot be taught and will surely help his draft stock.
However, in a class loaded with NFL caliber receivers, Robinson has tons of competition. I expect the former Nittany Lion to be drafted somewhere in the 2nd round.
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