In a few short weeks, former Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson is likely to hear his name called during the 2014 NFL Draft. Robinson, one of the best receivers in school history, decided to forego his senior season in Happy Valley and join the ranks of professional football. Earlier in the process, Robinson was thought by some to be a late first-round pick. However, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. now thinks Robinson will be selected in the third round.
Robinson checks in at No. 83 on Kiper’s most recent list of the top 100 draft prospects (fee required) and is listed as the No. 17 wide receiver in the draft. A sup-par 40-yard dash time (4.61) at the NFL Combine could be working against him. However, Robinson did run strong and improve his time during Penn State’s Pro Day.
Though his speed could be an issue, the six-foot-three-inch wide receiver has shown a great ability to jump up and go after the football during his collegiate career. Robinson leaves Penn State second in career catches (177), third in career receiving yards (2,474) and fifth in career touchdown receptions (17). He was also named the Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.
The talented wide receiver has seen his drat stock fluctuate over the past few months. Kiper’s projection isn’t as good as some others, as CBSSports.com has him as the No. 30 overall prospect, while SI.com has him ranked at No. 36. This year’s crop of draftees includes one of the deepest wide receiver fields in recent memories.
Indiana’s Cody Latimer. Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, LSU’s Odell Beckham, USC’s Marqise Lee, Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews are all expected to be selected before Robinson hears his name called.
Robinson was not one of the 30 draft prospects who have been invited to New York City to attend the draft. The 2014 NFL Draft begins on May 8.
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