With George Pickens having gone down with an ACL injury this spring and Georgia not having Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint available due to injury, plus the hyperextended knee scare of Jermaine Burton, the options at the outside receiver positions have dwindled this spring. Having a big-bodied receiver with tremendous athleticism and dexterity like Pickens is a luxury for a quarterback and a headache for opposing defensive coordinators. You cannot just straight-up replace a talent like George Pickens. There is a reason that Pickens is a former 5-Star and, before his injury, was considered a virtual lock for the 1st round of the 2022 NFL Draft. However, the show must go on, and the Dawgs must find an option at receiver on the outside. Justin Robinson has every opportunity to be that big-bodied, reliable target for JT Daniels.
Having been injured for much of the 2020 season hampered Justin Robinson’s development during his freshman year at Georgia was hampered. Robinson never got the full complement of scout team reps or just as many practice reps, in general, to be able to climb the depth chart in any significant manner. Now, Robinson appears to be healthy and showing off why he was a highly coveted 4-Star recruit out of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia. Robinson is 6’4″, 220 plus pounds, and can really run. The large target was also trained by former Bulldogs receiver all-time great Terrence Edwards. I interviewed Edwards when Georgia was pursuing Robinson in his high-profile recruitment. When asked what Robinson brought to the table as a prospect, Edwards could not stop gushing about how talented Robinson was and how he had an uncanny ability to get contested balls. Robinson is a true 4.5 40-yard dash runner. At his size, that is moving, and Edwards made sure that out as well.
Even without as much on-field participation as Justin Robinson would have liked his true freshman year in Athens, the Dawgs’ biggest receiver is in a prime position to burst onto the scene at G-Day. The X position is available for the taking. Typically, the X position is reserved for a bigger-bodied guy who can run and can make the tough catches when needed, especially on fades, comebacks, and deep-in-breaking routes. According to Terrence Edwards, Robinson possesses all of those abilities in spades. Reports out of Athens this spring are that Robinson performs well and is stretching out to grab the proverbial brass ring out before him. I feel certain that Robinson will get his fair share of targets in the annual intrasquad spring spectacle. A big-time performance from the big man from McDonough and Justin Robinson might find himself penciled into the starting lineup with September 4th rolls around against the Clemson Tigers.