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Penn State Wide Receiver Allen Robinson Could Be Tall Wide-Out for Pittsburgh Steelers

February 16th, 2014 at 8:30 PM
By Mark Mihalko
As the Pittsburgh Steelers inch closer to the start of the free agency period, two things have become clear for their offense. Number one, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders appears to be completely out of their plans and number two, the team expects to draft a tall receiver early on in the draft.
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The situation with Sanders is not a huge surprise, as it never appeared that the two sides were working on a long-term deal. With depth appearing to be an issue in 2014, it would not be a surprise to see them draft one early,  especially the tall wide out Ben Roethlisberger has craved for the offense.
 
To this point, Steelers 101 has broken down two potential prospects that could fit the bill at number 15. Next up is Penn State junior Allen Robinson, a wide receiver that with a great combine could rise up the board into mid-first round consideration.
 
The 6-3, 210-pound Robinson is more athletic and fluid than many would expect, and has a build that should show him to get bigger. A physical receiver, he has a combination of deceptive speed and strength to snatch the ball in traffic that should allow him to develop into a true number one. He is coming off a record setting campaign in 2013 with 97 catches and 1,432 yards.
 
To move of the draft board, he will have to answer some questions about his overall ability as a route runner, his average timed speed and an early season suspension in 2013 for a disciplinary issue. At the end of the day, he may not be an explosive vertical threat, but he could develop into a dynamic possession receiver and big-play receiver.
 
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