Today marks one of the most exciting days for football fans, as the 2014 NFL Draft begins and brings a chance for teams to pick the next superstar. Aside from NFL fans being excited for the future of their team, college football fans tune in to the draft to see where their team’s standout players will land. Former Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson, who been projected to be taken anywhere from the first to the fourth round, will likely be the first Nittany Lion called this year, it’s just a matter of when.
The staff at VBR weighed in on ARob’s prospects for the first round.
Lead Editor Barry Leonard Jr. (@barryleonardjr)
Even as I’m writing this, I’m still not sure what I think about Robinson’s draft prospects. When he first declared, he was expected to be solidly in the first round. However, a slow 40-yard dash time at the combine made him slide down many draft boards. Robinson did rebound at his Pro Day and left many impressed with his skills. While he won’t run past most defenders, he has a great ability to catch any ball that’s thrown close to him. His vertical leaping ability will make him an effective target at the next level.
As for when he’ll be drafted, most are projecting somewhere between the second and third rounds. However, an NFL expert I spoke to this week referred to Robinson as a “late riser” and indicated that he has been climbing back up draft boards recently, putting him in play at the end of the first round.
The smart prediction says that he’ll go somewhere near the start of Friday’s second round. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the final teams on Thursday night call his name. Keep and eye on the Carolina Panthers at 28 as a possible landing spot.
Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)
I want Allen Robinson to get drafted in the first round as much as anyone, but unfortunately, I don’t think it’ll happen. If he wasn’t in a draft class like this one that’s loaded at wide receiver, then I could see him being a first round pick. But I do think he’ll be a second round pick or third-rounder at the very latest. Elite organizations like the 49ers, Seahawks, Steelers and others could definitely use a guy like Robinson. I hope he finds himself in a good situation in the NFL.
Staff Writer Jeffrey Jezewski (@JeffJezewski13)
As we await the first night of the NFL Draft, the big question for Penn State fans is where star wide out Allen Robinson will be drafted. While supremely talented and productive at Penn State, many draft pundits are all over the place on Robinson. Some analysts have Robinson as a day one, late first round pick, while some have him slotted in rounds 2-3. Much of this is based on the question of his straight line speed. Robinson scared some scouts at the Combine, where he ran a 4.60, not a great time for an NFL wide receiver. However, Robinson quieted some of these critics with a much more impressive time at his Pro Day (sub 4.5).
Robinson has impressive run after the catch ability and does an outstanding job of high pointing the ball. This suggests he should be a good NFL receiver. I don’t expect him to go in round 1, but I fully expect him to go early on in Day 2 and start a productive career in the league.