Allen Robinson: Should He Stay Or Should He Go?
The sooner we accept that Allen Robinson will most likely not be in a Penn State uniform next year, the easier it will be to stomach. While he has yet to comment on his status for next year, the amazing season that he is having right now is reason enough to move up to the big leagues. Since there is no official word just yet, we have decided to take a look at the most compelling reasons for Robinson to stay and the best reasons for him to declare for the draft and move on.
Let’s start off with the latter.
The proof is in the numbers.
This year, Robinson has 66 receptions, 1,043 yards, and six touchdowns with four games left to play. He has been a tremendous asset to Christian Hackenberg this season, making some truly incredible plays off of some shaky throws. This year alone he has cemented himself in history as one of the Penn State greats.
Besides the magical catch against Michigan, he already tied Bobby Engram as the only Nittany Lion receiver with two 1,000-yard seasons and has more accolades to come. Robinson should be able to set the team’s single-season record for most yards by a wide receiver on Saturday. He is hands down the best wide receiver in the Big Ten and can be considered top five in all of college football right now. He’s a top draft prospect already.
There’s money on the table now, and an injury could take it away.
After putting up monster numbers this year, how much can he really do to further prove himself as an NFL prospect next season? There is also always the threat of injury if he were to stay next year. Look at Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley. He was projected to be selected fourth in the 2012 Draft, but he decided to return to school. After struggling during his senior year and injuring his throwing shoulder, Barkley was selected in the fourth round. Of course, there’s no guarantee that Robinson would be a high pick in the upcoming draft, but if he has the chance to make money now, he should go for it.
While the prospect of the bowl ban being lifted could entice him to stay, I think the prospect of making millions in the NFL would be a lot more enticing.
Just think about how good he could be as a pro.
It’s kind of fun think about Allen Robinson in the NFL. If you read enough mock drafts and analysis for the 2014 draft, there are some interesting opinions about his future. For example, the New England Patriots could consider Robinson. While Bill Belichick’s offense is known as one of the more intricate and confusing in the NFL, Bill O’Brien is very familiar with it and elements of it are used in Penn State’s offense. Robinson has experience with a more complex and would be a quick study.
Another possibility is the New York Jets, who are led by a very young Geno Smith. The Jets are in need of someone with Robinson’s playmaking ability and he could step in and make an instant impact.
As great as life as a professional football player sounds, there are some logical reasons for Robinson to stay put as well.
He still has records to break.
While breaking Engram’s single season record is very impressive, there are still others in front of Robinson that he could go for next season. He will likely finish this season just short of Deon Butler’s career record of 179 receptions. Robinson currently has 146. Engram also holds the career yardage record with 3,026 receiving yards. Robinson currently has 2,090 yards and is one pace to finish the season with 2,612 yards. With one more year in Happy Valley, Robinson could completely rewrite Penn State’s record books.
The bowl ban might be lifted.
There is a chance that next season the team will have the opportunity to participate in a bowl game. This is purely speculation, but the thought has been that if Penn State continues to comply with with the NCAA, the sanctions could be further reduced.
Hackenberg is going to go into next season more comfortable and confident and having an opportunity to play in a bowl game would be amazing. Robinson is also a part of that special group of Joe Paterno’s last recruits. To be able to play the first bowl game since the sanctions with Paterno in mind would be a special experience. Besides, there’s something to be said about starting what you finish.
He could improve his draft stock.
While he has had a monster season this year, Robinson is predicted to be select somewhere in the second or third round. He could work on improving his skills and his speed, something that some have argued would move his draft potential up. Another great season under Robinson’s belt could propel him to become a first round draft pick.
What do you think Robinson will do? Let us know in the comments.
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