Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force
(percentile rank among all WRs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):
40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds (14th)
Vertical: 31.5” (9th)
Broad: 120” (50th)
3-cone: 6.77 seconds (75th)
20-yard shuttle: 4.46 seconds (6th)
Market-share disciples will love Robinette. His raw numbers don’t pop off the page. But he played on an Air Force offense that ran the hell out of the ball. (The irony!) The Falcons didn’t rank higher than 122nd in pass attempts or 118th in pass yards (out of no more than 128 teams) in any of Robinette’s 4 seasons.
He hogged production this past year, accounting for 51.7% of his team’s receptions and 54.7% of the receiving yards. Both marks rank 1st among the 19 WRs we’ve profiled. Robinette’s 42.9% share of receiving TDs ranks 4th.
Even his numbers from 2013-2015 are more impressive when put into context. As a true freshman, Robinette ranked 2nd on the team in catches, while leading the squad in receiving yards and TDs. He paced Air Force in catches and yards in 2014 and in yards and TDs in 2015.
Over his 4-year career, Robinette accounted for 32.9% of his team’s receptions, 39.9% of the receiving yards and 34.6% of the TDs. Those marks rank 2nd, 1st and 3rd, respectively, among the 19 WRs we’ve looked at.
Courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com
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Robinette was simply bigger and stronger than most of the DBs he faced at Air Force. He did a lot of damage on downfield routes — not by creating separation, but by using him big frame to shield defenders from the ball.
At 6’3 with long arms and sticky hands, Robinette boasts a massive catch radius.
Robinette was generally effective on comeback routes for Air Force. But we see his limitations on some of the shorter in- and out-breaking routes. He has subpar change-of-direction ability and rounds off his cuts.
Robinette also has a huge adjustment to make as he moves from Air Force’s triple-option offense to an NFL scheme. The vast majority of his route were posts and comebacks, so he’ll need to expand his route tree.
The Air Force system at least afforded him plenty of opportunities as a blocker. He’s willing to get his nose dirty and continues working through the whistle.
With subpar straight line speed and agility — plus raw route running — Robinette will struggle to create separation at the next level. And his 6’3, 220-pound frame won’t be as big an advantage in the NFL as it was at Air Force.
Robinette figures to be a late-round “project” pick in the NFL Draft. Considering he’s already 23, though, it’s tough to expect a significant leap in his skill set. Perhaps he develops into a situational downfield and red-zone weapon. But Robinette is no more than a final-round flier in your dynasty rookie draft.