Penn State Football: NFL Future Currently Not On Allen Robinson's Mind
Penn State's standout receiver Allen Robinson is one of the best in the nation, but right now, the future isn't on his mind, only Michigan.
"That's something I'm not even thinking about now." Robinson says of the prospect of playing in the NFL.
Robinson is on track to graduate early this summer as a junior and in many respects has nothing left to prove. In 2012 Robinson broke onto the national scene with a 77 reception, 1018 yard, 11 touchdown effort. Last season's performance cemented his reputation as one of the most reliable targets in college football. The reception mark set a new Penn State single-season record.
This season Robinson has pulled down 38 catches for 621 yards and 5 touchdowns. While the NFL may not currently be on his mind, it seems likely that he would enter his name into the draft for evaluation purposes. Student athletes can take part in the draft process to find out what scouts think of them and to learn which skills they'll need to improve.
Athletes are still eligible to play in college as long as they do not hire an agent and withdrawal their name from the list of draft eligible players by a set date.
Against Indiana, Robinson had a career day with 12 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns. A season earlier, Robinson posted a 197 yard outing in only 10 receptions that included 3 touchdowns.
According to NFL.com's Mike Huguenin, Robinson has "Excellent size, good speed and strong hands."
NFLdraftscout.com rates Robinson as the fourth best receiver in the 2015 draft class out of 407 receivers and No. 44 overall. Given Robinson's standout season so far, it's hard to imagine those numbers would change greatly if the Michigan native were to enter the draft a year early.