For the New York Giants, the 2014 free agency period has been one of the busiest in recent memory. In fact, the Giants were among the most active teams in the NFL. When it came to adding weapons to Eli Manning's armory, the Giants have been noticeably silent.
Mario Manningham has returned to the fold, but apart from that no moves have been made. However one of Jerry Reese's favorite positions to target high in the draft is wide receiver. It's possible that there won't be any receiver of value at 12th overall. However, there are a lot of quality receivers who could fall to the Giants in the second round.
One of those guys is Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson.
- Prototypical size at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, with long arms and decently-sized hands
- Fluid athlete with plus body control
- Quick and explosive in a short area
- Great leaping ability
- Plays physical. Physical at the line of scrimmage, at the catch, after the catch, and blocking.
- Very productive in a pro-style offense run by an NFL coach (runs a full route tree).
- Doesn't have great long speed
- Occasionally has lapses in concentration
- Occasionally lets balls into his chest unnecessarily
- Sometimes careless with the ball after the catch (like Hakeem Nicks, but with smaller hands)
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Yes, yes, absolutely yes. Robinson walks into the NFL with experience playing in an NFL offense for an NFL coach. Robinson should be able to step in and contribute Day 1
He has the upside to become a No. 1 wide receiver if Rueben Randle can't step up and take that role of "X" receiver. If he (Randle) does, Robinson has all the tools to be the second or third receiver who can either feast on 1-on-1's created by defenses rolling coverage to deal with Victor Cruz and Randle, or force teams to respect him and create space for Cruz, the tight end, or running back to work and create after the catch.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 38
Mocking The Draft - 41
CBS Sports - 30
Draft Countdown - 73
Draft Tek - 39
Honestly, I don't think Robinson will fall to 43rd overall. Not after a Pro Day that saw Robinson log a sub-4.5 40, 6.53 second 3-cone drill (which is Oh-My-Goddity fast. DeSean Jackson logged a 6.82 second 3-cone), 42-inch vertical jump, and 10-foot-11-inch broad jump.
But, stranger things have certainly happened. I never would have thought that Prince Amukamara, Rueben Randle, Johnathan Hankins, or DaMontre Moore would fall to where they did.
And while I don't know what the new offense is going to look like, Robinson will fit. He'll also fit in well with Eli Manning. He can get separation off the line even against press coverage. He has generally reliable hands, generally runs crisp routes, and has a terrific vertical jump to go up and get the football.