My first blog writing gig for a website has come with morethanafan.net and their cfbroundtable.com site. I accepted a position covering Penn State Nittany Lions football. So, being a long time Michigan fan, I will always love Michigan, but now I have to draw my attention to PSU.
I’ve never disliked PSU and always rooted for them since they pluck a bunch of local kids from around where I grew up, to play for them. So I never looked at them as “rivals”. Plus, who didn’t like JoPa through his 30 plus years of coaching? He taught a lot of kids through the program some very important values that they have taken to heart over the years and applied to their lives and even though he had a lapse in sense on what to do with the Jerry Sandusky situation, he is still revered by former players, coaches, alumni, and the university for the non-football contributions he made.
Having pulled up the current roster, 2014 schedule, and the departing players to the draft, I came away with an overall good feeling about the upcoming season. Towards the end of the summer is when I will start to analyze the team more in depth along with their schedule. Right now PSU students are going home for the summer and some senior football players including junior Allen Robinson, are hoping they hear their name called in the remaining 6 rounds of the draft tonight and tomorrow.
One of the best scouted prospects coming out of PSU this year is 6’2″ wide receiver Allen Robinson. He is in a very packed wide receiver draft class where he was pegged by “mock draft experts” to go somewhere late in the first round or in the second round. To say the least, there were a lot of surprising picks in the first round and a bunch of teams who need receivers passed on them and went for another need. Teams in need of a wide receiver as a top 3 need are as followed: Rams, Jaguars, Browns, Raiders, Lions, Steelers, Jets, Eagles, Chiefs, 49ers, Broncos and Seahawks. Plenty of teams to land on for Robinson who is considered by some “mock draft experts” the 7th best remaining receiver. Robinson’s pro day improved on his combine numbers and with his size and his 4.49 speed, he would be an asset to any of the teams listed above. Not to mention that he could be the complimenting receiver to another big named receiver currently on a team or be your number one guy given his stature.
Upcoming second round picks from the list of teams above that need a wide receiver: 3rd Pick – Browns, 4th Pick – Raiders, 7th – Jaguars, 8th Pick – Seahawks, 12th Pick – Rams, 13th Pick – Lions, 14th Pick – Steelers, 17th – Jets, 22nd Pick – Eagles, 24th Pick – 49ers, 29th Pick – 49ers, 31st Pick – Broncos, 32nd Pick – Seahawks.
14 chances that a wide receiver could be taken, 14 chances that it could be Allen Robinson depending on how the teams have graded him on their board. Size, Speed and great leaping ability (39″ vertical) will compliment any receiving core and he will be a red zone threat since he doesn’t mind the contact aspect of football (as seen when he ran his own lineman over to grab a few more yards against Syracuse last year.) I could see him being taken early on to mid 2nd round but I would be shocked if he fell to the 20th+ picks of the second round. It really all depends on how teams graded him and where they have him in the ranks of all of the other wide receivers.
News came in that an assistant coach saw the 1st round draft board of the Vikings and they had Johnny Manziel and Teddy Brdgewater 1 and 2 on their draft board. Most of America didn’t have Bridgewater going in the first round after his pro day but it goes to show you that teams grade guys differently and that nothing is to be expected. Personally, Carr would’ve been the pick there since he hasn’t missed where Bridgewater has in the throwing game and has more of a cannon. So take in the next two rounds tonight, teams will look to pick up a great amount of solid left over players.