With draft season in full swing, we’re seeing a bunch of scenarios for the Jacksonville Jaguars with the third overall pick. An overwhelming majority of analysts expect Dante Fowler Jr. to be the pick, but a handful of guys, including Todd McShay, think the Jaguars could take a wide receiver like Amari Cooper at the top of the first round.
While I understand the thinking, selecting a receiver that high fails to acknowledge the young talent the Jaguars already have at the position. One of those guys is Allen Robinson, who looked like a legitimate, go-to receiver before he went on injured reserve in his rookie year. In a recent piece where he discussed second year breakout candidates (ESPN Insider is needed to see the entire article), Field Yates listed Allen Robinson as a guy to watch in his sophomore season.
"7. Jaguars wide receiver Allen RobinsonThe Jaguars have a stable of young pass-catchers who are developing alongside quarterback Blake Bortles, and Robinson is a name to watch. In the final eight games of his 2014 season (before an injury cut it short), he totaled 72 targets. He’s 6-2, 210 pounds and won’t turn 22 until close to training camp."
Probably the most promising aspect of Robinson’s rookie season was how quickly he became acclimated with rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, despite an early offseason injury that made him miss basically the entire preseason. Usually rookies who miss a good chunk of training camp and the preseason have a hard time getting into a groove, but ARob looked like he belonged on the field from week 1. Starting 8 games and appearing in 10, Robinson accumulated 548 yards on 48 receptions, and his one drop on 76 targets was one of the best margins in the entire NFL. With a real, full offseason to work on his craft and gain more familiarity with Bortles, Robinson could be in for a bigtime season in 2015.
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