Penn State's Allen Robinson celebrates his second touchdown of the game against Indiana during a game last season.
By Mark Dent / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Other than his shorts, a fantastic combo of ladybug meets Zumba, what stood out most for Allen Robinson Tuesday at Penn State’s pro day was his faster 40-yard dash time.
He said scouts timed him anywhere from a 4.42 to a 4.7. If the quicker times are true, Robinson ran significantly faster than he did at the NFL Scouting Combine, an accomplishment that could boost his draft stock in a crowded field of wide receivers.
Robinson ran a 4.6 at the combine, putting him in the lower third of receivers who competed there. A time of 4.5 or better would elevate him into the top half of that group. At 6 feet 2, 220 pounds, Robinson is known more for his strength and pass-catching abilities than his speed, so a faster 40 time is a major benefit.
On Tuesday, Robinson also competed in the three-cone drill (6.53 seconds), vertical jump (42 inches) and broad jump (10 feet, 11 inches), bettering his numbers in all those categories compared to his combine performance.
He said he has felt prepared for these workouts and the draft because of the knowledge he gleaned from former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and his staff.
“O’Brien brought a pro-style system to Penn State,” Robinson said. “A lot of people don’t know what that actually means.”
He said that under O’Brien’s system, he learned to read and react to blitzes more efficiently and to respond to more complex defensive coverage.
“I think that puts me one step ahead of the game,” Robinson said.
In the weeks leading up to the May 8 draft, Robinson said he has individual workouts with a few NFL teams. He has been working out in Tampa, Fla. Robinson, who plans to watch the draft from his home in Michigan, is considered a borderline first-round pick.
“Honestly, I’ve seen a lot of improvement in myself as a player,” he said. “I made the best decision I could have made.”
Lehman battles injury again
Tight end Matt Lehman’s senior season ended in the first half of the opening game against Syracuse with a knee injury. As he rehabbed, O’Brien was one of his biggest advocates, saying he believed Lehman was still a viable NFL prospect.
Two months ago, Lehman said his knee started feeling 100 percent. He was preparing for the pro day, where nearly every NFL team would be represented and guests included Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Then, Lehman tweaked his hamstring in a workout two weeks ago.
So of the Penn State players present Tuesday, Lehman was the only one not sweating afterward. He couldn’t compete in any of the drills except for the bench press because of his hamstring injury.
“I got 19 [reps],” he said. “Would’ve liked to get 20.”
Missing this pro day will be a tough obstacle to overcome for Lehman. He said his agent is attempting to secure individual workouts with NFL teams in the next few weeks.
“My hope is just to get a shot,” Lehman said.
Linebacker Glenn Carson is considered a late-round NFL pick, or likely a player who would get to tryout as a free agent. But Tuesday he performed at a level comparable to many of the top linebackers at the combine. For his 40 time, Carson said he ran a 4.7, and he had a 35-inch vertical, 30 reps on the bench press and a 6.9 for the three-cone drill. The only disappointment for him, he said, was his shuttle drill time of 4.25.
“I just know it will be really great to be a part of the draft this year,” Carson said. “I would love to hear my name called, but whatever happens, happens.”
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