The Pro Day season is nearing an end and today is the last day that features two teams from big conferences. Penn State and Maryland will be having their pro days, and although this is a weak draft class for each team compared other years, there are still some prospects worth noting.
Penn State receiver Allen Robinson is a player who won't get drafted in the first round, but could be a good value pick in the mid rounds. I see similarities between Robinson and Keenan Allen. At 6'2", Robinson is physical, runs good routes, has reliable hands, and just appears to be a scrappy player that you'd want to have playing on your side. The knock on Robinson is his speed, as he ran a 4.60 forty at the combine. When it comes to catching the football, that didn't seem to be a problem for him, as Robinson tallied 97 receptions, for 1,432 yards, and six touchdowns. While Robinson doesn't have blazing speed he's elusive once he catches the ball, piling up yards after the catch, flashing moves and awareness you would see from the likes of a running back.
Penn State also has a prospect on the defensive side of the ball that should go early in the draft, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones. Standing 6'4" 322 lbs, with 33" arms, Jones is a run-stuffing defensive tackle that has the potential to be a clog in the middle of the line. Jones put up 11.5 tackles for a loss this year, providing Penn State with a potent run-defense.
Lastly, the Nittany Lions have the smartest player in college football. Guard John Urschel won the Campbell Trophy, which is awarded to the best scholar-athlete. Urschel was also a captain for Penn State, starting in every game. He will be a late round choice or undrafted free agent.
Maryland doesn't have a lot to offer in regards to NFL prospects this year, but they do have a cornerback who was productive in his college career. Dexter McDougle was considered one of the best tackling corners in the ACC, recording 58 solo tackles in 2012. This is a big day for McDougle, as his senior year was cut short due to a shoulder injury and he was not able to participate in drills at the combine. He's stated that he is willing to play special teams, dime, nickel, or wherever a team wants to play him.
We will be back tomorrow to discuss some prospects from LSU's pro day.