Jaguars select Penn State's Robinson in third round

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Posted: May 11, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up nine spots to select former Penn State receiver Allen Robinson in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.

The Jaguars gave San Francisco their third-round pick (No. 70 overall) and a fifth-rounder (No. 150) to choose Robinson with the 61st selection.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Robinson caught 177 passes for 2,474 yards and 17 touchdowns in three years at Penn State. He had 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and six scores last year.

General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley said drafting Robinson and fellow second-round receiver Marqise Lee, an all-American from Southern Cal, means the end of Justin Blackmon's career in Jacksonville. Blackmon is suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.

Robinson will get to play against his old coach, the Texans' Bill O'Brien, twice each year in the AFC South. O'Brien left Penn State for the Texans after last season following two years as the Nittany Lions' head coach.

The Jaguars have had little luck drafting receivers in early rounds, beginning with R. Jay Soward in 2000 and continuing with Reggie Williams (2004), Matt Jones (2005), and Blackmon (2012). All four violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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