Receiver Robinson lands with Jaguars
Record-setting Penn State receiver Allen Robinson was selected near the end of the second round in the NFL draft Friday night, going to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 61st overall pick.
This year’s draft is loaded with receivers, many underclassmen. Despite enormous success at Penn State, Robinson was the 11th receiver selected, and the second one taken in the second round by the Jaguars, who also tabbed USC’s Marqise Lee with the 39th overall pick.
Robinson said he had no idea where he would be picked but feels “blessed” with where he landed.
“It’s a great opportunity to play with Jacksonville,” he told reporters on a conference call.
Robinson will have several Penn State products as teammates as the Jags’ roster already includes linebackers Paul Posluszny and Nate Stupar and center Matt Stankiewitch.
The Jaguars also selected Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles with the third pick in the first round Thursday, so they’ve made an effort in the draft to significantly upgrade their offense. They traded up nine spots in the second round so they could take Robinson at No. 61.
“Jacksonville’s killing this right now, taking the quarterback three and then immediately getting him two young guys to grow up with him,” ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer said during the draft broadcast.
“And I love Allen Robinson. Changes speeds to get open, good conflict catcher, has great body control, incredibly productive in college with two different quarterbacks.”
Robinson set Penn State records with 97 catches and 1,432 yards last season while also grabbing six TDs. He exploded onto the scene in 2012 with 77 catches, which was a school record until he surpassed it last year.
“This kid in contested situations came down with a lot of big receptions over the last couple years,” ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said on TV about Robinson. “He is a developing player, hit his stride this year with Christian Hackenberg, the great freshman quarterback who could ultimately be … a No. 1 pick overall down the road.
“Allen Robinson is a steal. For a team that added Marqise Lee, now you get Allen Robinson, Blake Bortles has got to be pretty happy.”
Jones still left
PSU defensive tackle DaQuan Jones was projected to go in the third or possibly even second round, but he remains available as the draft enters the fourth round today.
Jones, 6-foot-4 and 322 pounds, had seen his stock rise in recent weeks, but it didn’t lead to him getting picked as early as some expected.
Guard John Urschel and linebacker Glenn Carson are PSU’s other players most likely to get drafted.
The Oakland Raiders took Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr with the fourth pick of the second round, which will impact former PSU quarterback Matt McGloin, who started six games last year.
McGloin’s chances in Oakland already had taken a hit when the team traded for veteran Matt Schaub.