When Penn State record-setting receiver Allen Robinson decided to forego his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, he found himself in one of the most talented classes of soon-to-be pro wideouts in recent memory.
A so-so 40-yard dash (4.60 seconds) at the NFL Combine in February caused most analysts to give him at best a second-round rating.
At his on-campus Pro Day at Holuba Hall Tuesday, Robinson set out to improve on that 40 time. And he insisted he has not second-guessed his decision to enter the draft early.
“I've been full go,” Robinson said. “I think I made the right decision. Honestly, I've seen myself improve as a player and (I'm) starting to handle things on my own. I think I made the best decision I could have made. I'm real comfortable with that.”
He was comfortable with his improved 40 time from Pro Day, too. With Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin among the NFL scouts looking on, Robinson said he cranked out a sub-4.5 hand-timed 40.
“I heard a lot of people saying 4.42 to 4.47,” Robinson said. “I think it varies based on who was timing.”
Robinson attributed the 4.6 40 at the Combine to poor technique. He spent the time since then working out at Performance Compound in Tampa, zeroing in on his starts and finishes.
“Today, I wanted to lock in on my technique, and I think I did that,” he said.
Robinson did all the field tests and improved everywhere. He said he uncorked a 42-inch vertical (he jumped 39 at the Combine), a 6.53 three-cone (down from 7.00) and a 131-inch broad jump (up from 127).
"I think it went really good," Robinson said. "I felt good with my route running. My 40 time felt good. Everything I trained for, I think I did well at."
The most noticeable difference, though, was in his weight. Robinson checked in at 220 at the Combine but tipped the scaled at only 208 Tuesday.
He downplayed that as having any impact on his speed, though, saying after weighing in at 220 on his first day at the Combine he was down to 211 by the time he ran there.
“My weight varies a lot,” he said.
With Pro Day out of the way, Robinson said he will spend the time leading up to the draft (which starts May 8) working out for teams, staying in shape and working to improve his receiving skills. He said he has several workouts scheduled, but did not reveal the teams in question.
And he expects that to be an evolving process, adding that a key is “just being ready to go (work out) on only 24 hours notice. That's the main thing -- staying home, staying in shape and staying ready.”
Stress, he said, is not part of the equation.
“I can't control anything that I can't control,” Robinson said. “I can just continue to go out there, work out, catch balls. Whatever happens with the process of whoever wants to work me out -- and whoever wants me to visit, and whatever happens on draft day -- that's totally out of my control. So I really can't stress or focus too much on that.”