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'It was a pretty good day': Air Force's Jalen Robinette puts up solid numbers at NFL Combine

March 4, 2017 Updated: March 4, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette makes a catch as he runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The NFL Scouting Combine is notorious for interviews that produce bizarre, off-the-wall questions.

Air Force's Jalen Robinette experienced none of that.

"I didn't have any formal interviews and wasn't really asked any of those things," Robinette said Saturday as he waited to board a plane back to Colorado from Indianapolis.

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Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) 

"I think with the school I come from, they kind of assumed I have a pretty good background and a clean background," said the wide receiver who was the first Falcon in more than a decade to participate in the Combine.

Robinette's workout Saturday followed pretty much that same, predictably steady outline. There was nothing particularly wowing about his results, but also nothing to disappoint for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect.

He ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash, posted a 31.5-inch vertical and a 120-inch broad jump. His best performances relative to other receivers were in the 60-meter shuttle (11.68 seconds to take 13th at the position) and bench press, where his 13 repetitions of 225 pounds were 18th - and a personal best.

"Overall I thought it was a pretty good day," said Robinette, who has prepared for the Combine by driving to Denver in the afternoons to train at Landow Performance. "I haven't had too much time to train with my schedule and the (all-star) games I played in. I thought today went pretty well for me. There's definitely some things I could take back and work on to train for (Air Force's) pro day, but I'm happy about today for sure."

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Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) 

Saturday's event also included route running and pass-catching drills.

"That was the best part, the position work," said Robinette, Air Force's all-time leading receiver and the national leader in yards per catch this past season. "I did let a few balls go, but I just really focused on moving on to each drill and doing the best I could."

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Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) 

The Combine has become a national event, but it represents only a piece of Robinette's opportunity for exposure before the draft. He met with dozens of NFL representatives while at the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl in January, where he also performed drills for several days in practices. He'll work out again at pro day at the academy March 21.

"More importantly is what he has on film," said Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, a former NFL assistant. "That's the greatest indicator there is. Eventually, the real truth and real evidence is how you play based on film."

So, Robinette left for Colorado pleased with the experience, ready to jump back into class - "Graduation is still my No. 1 goal," he said - and motivated to continue to build his case for the April 27-28 NFL draft.

"Overall it was a good experience," Robinette said. "I was just blessed to be here and have the opportunity."

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