Penn State football: Allen Robinson chosen 61st overall by Jacksonville Jaguars

tjohnson@centredaily.comMay 9, 2014 


Illinois' Zane Petty tries to pull down Penn State's Allen Robinson as he runs down the field with the ball during the Saturday, November 2, 2013 game at Beaver Stadium.

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Allen Robinson had to wait a few hours to learn his professional fate.

He found out Friday night that he’ll likely be playing football in northern Florida in the fall.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected the former Penn State receiver late in the second round with the 61st overall pick on Friday. Robinson, who left Penn State after sizzling back-to-back seasons that ended with him being named the Big Ten’s best receiver both times, was the 11th receiver taken. Jacksonville traded two picks — third and fifth-round selections — to the San Francisco 49ers in order to move up to take Robinson.

The Jaguars finished 4-12 last season, and used the first two rounds to upgrade their passing attack, which ranked 22nd in the league last season. In addition to Robinson, Jacksonville selected former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles third overall and used their second pick, the 39th overall selection, on USC wideout Marqise Lee.

Robinson left Penn State with a year of eligibility remaining. He finished his collegiate career with 177 catches for 2,474 yards, second and third in those categories all time for the Nittany Lions. He posted eight 100-yard receiving games — a Penn State record — last season.

The Southfield, Mich., native joins linebackers Paul Posluszny and Nate Stupar and offensive lineman Matt Stankiewitch as former Nittany Lions on the Jacksonville roster.

Robinson became the 34th Penn State player chosen by an NFL team since 2006 and the 16th in the first three rounds.

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