Allen Robinson is ranked among best young NFL stars
Allen Robinson, wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, is one of the best players in the NFL at his position regardless of age and that was reflected in the top 50 risers list by the NFL Players Association.
Finishing ninth in the NFL Players Association’s ‘Rising 50’ list is an honor. There’s no question that all of the players on that list are among the better players at their positions and being in the top ten is essentially saying that the player is excellent at what he does.
Allen Robinson is clearly excellent at what he does. His 80 receptions, 1400 yards, and 14 touchdowns from 2015 are a strong indicator that he has the talent to be an NFL success for years to come.
What’s most interesting about this list, however, is who falls above Robinson in the top eight. Here is the full top 10:
- Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
- Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
- Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks
- Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
- Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
- Josh Norman, CB, Washington Redskins
- Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Three of the players in the top ten (Goff, Elliott, and Wentz) haven’t even taken a snap yet. It’s widely assumed they will be successful (hence their rankings on this list) but until they actually show it on the field it is presumptuous to assume they will be major successes to rival the likes of Hopkins, Dalton, Gurley, or even Robinson. But the rankings aren’t compiled just on production. Here’s the criteria:
"he NFLPA Rising 50 rankings take into account on-field performances during the 2015 season, fantasy-league popularity, early demand from current sponsors and licensees, and new faces in strong markets as factors determining potential future sales popularity. To be considered for this ranking, players must not have appeared in previous NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales quarterly lists.The NFLPA Rising 50 is updated annually."
Naturally, a young star like Robinson in a small market like Jacksonville isn’t going to do as well against a recently drafted running back playing for the Dallas Cowboys, even if he hasn’t played a snap.
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On the whole, this is still a trend upward for Robinson. It’s great to see him get more exposure and be recognized for how good he truly is and the high expectations he is setting for himself and his team. Still, in a list of the best young players it would be nice to see him closer to the top in the future.