The Baltimore Ravens are in need of a receiver that can come in and do work immediately. Ideally, the man who they need for the job would be Sammy Watkins. However, the current draft position of 16th this year, has them out of contention for the Clemson star. Unless Ozzie Newsome is willing to do some blockbuster deal to move up the board, he may have to select a different position when Baltimore comes on the clock. Mike Evans from Texas A&M might be there, but let’s be real here, he could be snatched up as early as the 5th overall selection by the Oakland Raiders or the 10th selection by the Detroit Lions, who are in desperate need of someone who can take the pressure off of Calvin Johnson.
Considering all of the aforementioned, Baltimore might want to wait until the second round, before making a selection at the WR position. The guy I had in mind is an explosive receiver who already has ties to our newly hired receiver coach Bobby Engram. With the 48th overall pick, the Ravens should select Allen Robinson from Penn State.
When looking at the tape of this young man, it is easy to see why QB Christian Hackenberg targeted him constantly during their tenure with the Nittany Lions. Robinson has pretty good hands, catching 177 balls for 2,479 yards with 17 career college TDs; some of his catches could be more convincing, which would prevent coaches from having to drop red laundry on the field for review, but overall his hands are decent.
The All-American has great ability after the catch; he puts his foot on the gas and accelerates very well. What sticks out to me about this guy is that while he as speed, his ability to shift down and change direction is uncanny. He is a clear YAC (Yards After Catch) Monster. Once this guy catches a ball, he has his eyes set on “6.” He reminds me of Derrick Mason with his ability to fight for the extra yard. This YAC ability is constantly displayed by several screen passes going to him for big gains. Robinson does a fine job of using his 6-foot-3, 210 pound frame to get into position for the ball. He has great “hops,” being able to go up for the ball with ease.
With all of those positives, he does have some downside. Robinson carries the ball very loosely and at the next level, defenders will be licking their chops when he makes a catch, knowing they can punch the ball out. Coach Engram will need to concentrate on his ball-security in order for him to help the Ravens sustain drives. Another knock on the guy is his blocking ability. I would say he doesn’t know how to block, but his game against Wisconsin says differently. Nothing annoys me more than a guy with ability that is lazy. There is no room for selfishness at the NFL level and his poor display of run-blocking will get him benched immediately.
Lastly, Robinson has average route-running ability. He likes the double-move to go deep down the field and excels with out-routes to the sidelines and comebacks. His problem areas are slants, drags and dealing with cornerbacks who apply the pressure at the line. Robinson dances too much at the line when he should pick a lane and take it, and he runs lazily when performing any short routes across the middle of the field. These are signs that he needs to be more aggressive.
Well with that said, no play comes out of college and into the pros as a complete product and Robinson will need some fine tuning for sure. If selected by the Ravens, he’ll surely bring some pressure off of Marlon Brown and Torrey Smith. He’s a great fit for the team and he could like land to the Ravens in the second round if they are lucky.
Keep your eyes peeled for this guy early in training camp this upcoming season, for he will turn heads.