Nov 2, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) prior to the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O
HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 220
40: 4.47 3-CONE: 6.54 VERTICAL: 39
Dane Brugler’s comp for Robinson: Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers – Robinson doesn’t have elite speed, but like Boldin he is a good-sized athlete with deceiving acceleration and strength at the catch point to be both a possession target and big play-threat.
Robinson is another big dude with decent – not great – speed who can get open anywhere on the field. The key for the Chiefs is to find legit threats on the edges of the field in order to open up the middle of the field for the host of options they have to drop the ball off to. Between Travis Kelce, Anthony Fasano, Jamaal Charles, A.J. Jenkins (yes, him), and potentially Weston Dressler, the Chiefs have some guys on the roster who can get into the middle of the field and make plays.
The problem the Chiefs seem to have is they cannot unclog the middle of the field because they 1) do not attack deep often and 2) cannot attack the side lines in the middle to deep ranges of the field. Robinson is a guy who could fix both of those issues for the Chiefs, though maybe not quite as well as Matthews. At Penn State in the Big Ten, a college and conference not known for their ability to throw the ball effectively, Robinson posted 97 catches and 1,432 yards in 2013. This include a 173 yard, 1 touchdown performance against Ohio State and first round cornerback Bradley Roby.
Polish may be a bit of an issue for Robinson but he’s got the tools the Chiefs may be looking for in an outside receiver. Add his character make-up – chose to stay at Penn State when he could have left after the sanctions – and he may be a guy who fits the mold of a John Dorsey player.