Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson eludes the tackle of Indiana corneback Michael Hunter and runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown.
Position: Wide receiver
Draft projection: Second round
Skinny: Robinson, coming out as a junior, set the school single-season record for receptions in consecutive seasons, including 97 for 1,432 yards in 2013. At 6 feet 3 and 220 pounds, Robinson’s size makes him an attractive prospect for teams in search of a bigger target. The only question about his game is speed. He had a poor performance at the NFL combine (4.6 in the 40). He did ease some concerns by running a 4.5 at Penn State’s pro day, where he also performed better in the vertical jump and other agility drills. The speed question is likely to keep him from being taken in the first round, but he is almost a lock to go in Round 2.
Draft projection: Free agent
Skinny: Carson was a three-year starter and a highly productive player. He led the Nittany Lions in tackles in 2013 (90), but he will have to shine on special teams to make a 53-man NFL roster.
Position: Defensive line
Draft projection: Third or fourth round
Skinny: Jones was a two-year starter for the Lions and had a strong senior season. He recorded 33 solo tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference. Jones dropped 20 pounds between his junior and senior seasons, and he will be a more effective player in the NFL if he can continue to show more stamina.
Draft projection: Seventh round
Skinny: Urschel is 6 feet, 3 inches and 313 pounds. He was a two-year starter at guard for the Lions and won the prestigious Campbell Trophy as Division I’s premier college football scholar-athlete. A highly intelligent player and leader, he served as a team captain under former coach Bill O’Brien. Because of his intelligence, Urschel could project to center in a zone-blocking scheme in the NFL.
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