2014 NFL Rookie Wide Receiver Preview – Allen Robinson
Some great talent coming into the league this year. Tons of teams in need of adding depth and talent outside the numbers. With all the young Quarterbacks that have taken over the league in the past three-to-five years, we saw plenty of teams build their receiving corps through the draft. Lots and lots of big, tall, strong play-making receivers available this year. We can expect to see a ton of rookies make an impact in 2014, just hope your team drafted the right one!
Allen Robinson – WR, Penn St, 6’2″ 220lbs, 32″ Arm Length
Drafted Round 2, Pick 29, Jacksonville Jaguars
Combine Results: 4.60 Forty / 39.0″ Vertical / 127.0″ Broad Jump
NFL Impact: With the Jaguars stating that they will NOT have Justin Blackmon in 2014, they went ahead and drafted some reassurance at receiver with a big, strong, powerful receiver in Allen Robinson. Was a top producer at the combine with a 127.0″ vertical leap as well standing 6’2″, he has the size and ability to tower over defenders for jump balls. He has great body control and ability to find and track the ball mid-air, react and position himself to battle for the ball. Knows how to execute a full route tree and easily one of the most talented route runners in this draft class. He is a natural hands catcher with the ability to snag the ball out of the air. He has a ton of upside and could turn into a solid No.3 even a No.2 fantasy producer if he can mold with rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. He has a ton of play making ability and was very productive his final two seasons, producing totaled 174 receptions for 2,445 yards and 17 touchdowns.
As a true freshman in 2011, saw very limited action in 11 games, catching just three balls for 29 yards (9.7-yard average) and no touchdowns. He burst onto the scene in 2012, producing 77 receptions for 1,013 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore as well as starting all 12 games. Then again in 2013 he was Penn St. leading receiver for the second straight season when he started 11 of 12 games and produced 97 receptions for 1,438 yards and 6 touchdowns. Robinson was the first player since 1985 to lead the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yardage in consecutive seasons.
Fantasy Impact: Robinson has the skill-set and size as well as getting the opportunity to be a solid producer. He should get the chance to compete for a starting spot and could turn into a surprising asset. Not exactly expected to be a weekly producer, if he and Bortles can grab the starting spots and run with them it could pan out in years to come. Robinson is worth taking a gamble on as a No.4 fantasy wide receiver and is worth holding onto in keeper leagues.