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April 8, 2014

Robinson not concerned with perceptions

Allen Robinson has no misunderstanding on how his speed is perceived.

The former Penn State wideout - a 2013 third-team All-American, two-time Big Ten Receiver of the Year, and owner of nearly every significant receiving record for the Nittany Lions - has five words leading off the "weaknesses" category of his NFL.com Combine Player Profile:

"Lacks elite top-end speed."

Tuesday morning at Holuba Hall, Robinson ventured to set the record straight on his 4.60 second 40-time at February's NFL Combine in front of dozens of pro scouts and peers at Penn State's pro day.

"I thought I left a lot out there (in Indianapolis)," Robinson said. "The forty is kind of not really a true testament of true speed. You see guys like De'Anthony Thomas from Oregon, who runs a 4.5 at the Combine and you see him on film and he's absolutely lightning. It's amazing.

"But there are a lot of factors that go into it, a lot of technique things. A lot of it is just being a technician in your start in the forty, like really locking in and focusing on the technique that you practiced."

On Holuba Hall's notoriously fast track, Robinson took advantage of his second opportunity, running "anywhere from 4.42 to 4.47" in the 40, based on the hand-timed marks reported back to him by the NFL scouts in attendance.

In fact, redoing his vertical leap, broad jump and three-cone shuttle as well, Robsinon made strides across the board from his NFL Combine performances to pro day.

Vertical Jump - 39.0 inches - 42.0 inches

Broad Jump - 127.0 inches - 131.0 inches

Three-Cone Drill - 7.0 seconds - 6.53 seconds


Having spent much of the winter months training in Tampa, Fla., Robinson also worked out at his home in suburban Detroit before returning to Penn State for today's performance.

Hoping to have impressed some of the onlooking scouts and NFL personnel - including head coaches Mike Tomlin and Chip Kelly of the Steelers and Eagles, respectively - Robinson also caught passes from his cousin, 14-year Canadian Football League quarterback Kevin Glenn.

Whether or not he was able to impress with his speed in the home-field venue remains to be seen and likely won't be known until the first and second days of the NFL Draft on May 8 and 9, respectively. The laid-back Robinson, checking in Tuesday with measurables of 6-foot-2 height and 208 pounds, said he isn't spending much time worrying about the various evaluations that have him getting selected anywhere between the middle of the second round and later.

"I haven't really worried too much. I've been through this process," he said, noting the evaluations that kept him out of his choice high school and left him without many FBS scholarship offers after that. "I'm not really worried about too much, just hoping a team will give me that shot, so I'm just waiting for the day when I get my name called and I can just go out there and compete for a job."








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