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Denard Robinson | Quarterback

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'' / 190

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Jaguars selected Michigan RB/WR/QB Denard Robinson with the No. 135 overall pick.
A spectacularly versatile athlete, Robinson (5-foot-10 1/2, 199) was introduced as a running back on draft day. He could also play receiver and return kicks in the pros after starting for three seasons as the Wolverines' quarterback. A game-breaking runner with lateral jukes and 4.43 long speed, Robinson rushed 723 times for 4,495 yards (6.22 YPC) and 42 touchdowns at Michigan. He only caught three passes. Robinson is best suited to play running back -- his skills are not all that dissimilar from Chris Johnson's -- but his final NFL position figures to be determined during OTAs. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 02:06:00 PM

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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn reports teams are very concerned about Michigan QB/WR Denard Robinson's nerve issue.

"Some teams v concerned about WR Denard Robinson's elbow/nerve problem they say affects opening/closing of hand. Fate rests on med rechecks," McGinn tweeted. Robinson's position and stock has seemingly been all over the place, with few agreeing on what his true value is. If he has health issues, the questions about his position may be not be all that important when it's all set and done.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 04:01:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes that teams view Michigan QB/WR Denard Robinson as a slot receiver.

"He not only went through receiver drills, but also was put through running back drills as many teams believe that while his long term future is as a slot receiver, the fastest way for him to get on the field as a rookie will be as a third down back," Lande said in reference Robinson's pro day.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 08:02:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline writes that it looks like Michigan's Denard Robinson "secured a spot for himself in the draft’s second day."

Pauline continues "to hear a buzz being built around" Robinson, who worked out at receiver, running back, and as a return specialist. The Michigan product certainly didn't look like a second day pick during the Senior Bowl, but switching positions is always a process.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 11:11:00 AM

Michigan's Denard Robinson worked out at RB and as a returner, along with WR, at the school's pro day on Thursday.

Finally. We've been clamoring for Robinson to work out at running back since Michigan's season ended, since he is at his best with the ball in his hands, working patiently behind blockers. NFL.com's Gil Brandt, who previously said he would move Robinson to corner, even admitted that Robinson's best position might be running back.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 09:11:00 AM

Michigan QB/WR Denard Robinson will be throwing at the school's March 14 pro day.

Robinson will be throwing to show how much his elbow has healed from the nerve damage he suffered more than four months ago. "I'm probably 70, 60 percent right now and it's getting better and better," Robinson said. "Every day I feel like it's getting better. From the Senior Bowl to now it's like night and day. I feel like I can grab things and be able to throw the ball like I want to...it feels better now to grip."
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 12:50:00 PM

Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew called Michigan's Denard Robinson the "ultimate hybrid Swiss-army knife".

"He can do so many things, and he's very good at a lot of things. You have to have a creative offensive mind, creative coaching staff, to figure out the best way to use him," Mayhew said. "...he's the type of player you have to have a plan for. If you take him, you have to know what you're going to do with him. He can do a lot of different things, but you got to specify what his role is going to be on your football team."
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 09:14:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes the latest Michigan WR Denard Robinson will be selected is in the third-round.

"It's not out of the realm he could be a two," Kiper added. Robinson more than struggled during Senior Bowl week, specifically with lining up in proper position, dealing with a jam at the line, and reliably catching the football when he was able to get two hands on it. We still think running back is his best position.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 10:30:00 AM

NFL Draft legend Gil Brandt tweeted of the 333 Combine invitees, only one played at Michigan.

Brandt then hinted that the lone invite was obvious, and the player would not be participating as a quarterback. That means defensive tackle William Campbell, safety Jordan Kovacs, and defensive end Craig Roh were not invited, just to name a few. Denard has a chance to show improved hands from the Senior Bowl.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 03:19:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein was told by an NFL scout that Michigan's Denard Robinson "catches the ball like he's got pieces of bread in his hands and he's trying to smash them together to make a sandwich."

Well, that is not good. Denard is still healing from nerve damage in his elbow, but the Michigan product failed to haul in easy catches on multiple occasions. He is a total project, unless Robinson shows drastic improvement during Combine workouts. We still think his best fit is at running back.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 05:43:00 PM

The opinions of NFL scouts on Michigan QB/WR Denard Robinson's position switch were "decidedly unfavorable" following this week's Senior Bowl practices.

"Not good," said one AFC scout. "I think he took himself from like the third, fourth round to like the sixth, seventh round." Robinson struggled mightily with drops, positioning, and route running. "He's got to catch the ball a lot better," an NFC scout added. "I have no idea at this point what I would do. He's not a corner, he's an offensive skill guy, but where do you put him?"
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 04:30:00 PM

According to NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline, "most scouts" have Michigan QB/WR/RB Denard Robinson graded as a "last-day pick."

For comparison's sake, ESPN's Mel Kiper projected Robinson as a second-rounder before this week's Senior Bowl. Pauline is perhaps the most plugged-in NFL Draft information man, and he's been down in Mobile. After struggling in his attempted conversion to wide receiver in Senior Bowl practices, it would be difficult to justify Robinson with anything more than a fourth- or fifth-round grade.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Michigan's Denard Robinson stated that he is currently focused on the WR position, not on training at RB or CB.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris asked Robinson if he would feel most comfortable at running back since he is so used to carrying the ball with patience behind lead blockers. The former Wolverine has been solely training for the receiver position and appears set to practice at that spot during the Senior Bowl.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 10:20:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper expects Michigan QB/WR/RB Denard Robinson to be selected in the second round of April's draft.

A quarterback at Michigan, Robinson was invited to next week's Senior Bowl as a wide receiver and will also get reps at running back. He's capable of becoming a dynamic movable chess piece in the pros. "He has great speed, great athleticism," Kiper said of Robinson. "He can catch the ball. I think he will be an offensive entity. He can return kicks." Robinson only caught three passes in his college career, but he averaged over seven yards per carry as a senior.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Former Michigan QB Denard Robinson accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl as a wide receiver.

Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Robinson should also get a chance to play some running back. Robinson is smartly giving up the ghost that would have been an attempt to play quarterback in the NFL in favor of a position switch that could translate to a lengthy, productive pro career. Listed at 6'0/197, Robinson is thick in the lower body with short-area burst and runs with patience behind blockers. We think his best projection is as a returner/running back prospect. Robinson would have to learn to pass protect, though.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 03:06:00 PM