One of the more intriguing wide receivers in the draft, Allen Robinson is the receiver that certainly passes the eye ball test when he gets off the bus. Here's how he stacks up against other receivers who ran at the combine.
|Measurable||Robinson||Average WR at the Combine|
|40 yard dash||4.6||4.51|
|3 Cone Drill||7||6.92|
|20 yard Shuttle||4||4.21|
Needless to say, he's a special athlete. Robinson can jump out of the gym, has enough speed to stretch the field, but is quicker than fast, and that showed up when you watch him. Penn State tried to get the ball in his hands as often as possible, and this was usually by the way of a screen pass. Unfortunately, this didn't help Robinson develop as a route runner, and that could impact how ready he is when he enters the league.
Reasons He Can Be a Primary Target
- Enormous Catch Radius
- Adjusts Well to Passes Downfield
- Has Shown He Can win at the Line
Where He Must Improve
- Running Crisper Routes
- Playing to his size
- Catching the Ball away from his pads
Because of this, Robinson isn't able to win in traffic nearly as much as his size would indicate he should.
Robinson is a finesse receiver. You can see this at the line of scrimmage. Guys his size, at least you'd think, would want to punish smaller defenders who try to press him, and that's not what Robinson is out to do. He doesn't seek contact to create separation, like most big receivers do. I really believe this hurts him. He could use his body as a strength. He just doesn't strike me as a "my ball" type, like other bigger receivers in the draft. He doesn't play with that same aggression.
|Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10||8.5 – 9.0|
|Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round||8.0 – 8.4|
|Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round||7.8 – 7.9|
|Reliable Starter, 2nd Round||7.5 – 7.7|
|Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round||7.0 – 7.4|
|Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round||6.5 – 6.9|
|Productive Backup, 5th Round||6.0 – 6.4|
|Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round||5.5 – 5.9|
|Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round||5.0 – 5.4|
|Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round||4.5 – 4.9|
|Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations||4.0 – 4.4|
Robinson grades out to a 7.4, or an early 3rd round talent. He has a great skill set to work with. He just needs to develop some. Run crisper routes, use his body more as an asset, and play to his size. If he does this, with his tools, he can be a legit threat in the NFL. For now, he's closer to a project than someone that is ready Day 1.
How He Fits as a Charger
Robinson actually lined up in the slot quite a bit. So he has the versatility to play each wide receiver spot. Because of his lack of physicality at this point, he would be best suited at the "Z" position, or off the ball where he could win with quickness. I do think he would be a great fit in a quick hitting, west coast offense. He would be able to learn under some very good route runners, and knowing how the Chargers like to implement screens in the offense, he could be that guy as well. Robinson is yet another good fit for San Diego's offense, as he can also be someone who stretches the field. It does seem, at this point at least, that Robinson is more likely to develop into a #2 receiver than a number one.