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2013 NFL Draft: Michigan Quarterback Denard Robinson All Over the Draft Board

March 1st, 2013 at 8:24 PM
By Donald Lappe

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson isn't being viewed as a quarterback prospect heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, but he's still one of the more intriguing prospects. Denard Robinson has obvious speed, athleticism and playmaking ability with the ball in his hands, but where does he fit in the NFL? Many NFL teams are looking at him as a wide receiver, while cornerback and even running back have been put out as possibilities. Denard Robinson is also expected to help in the return game.

'Denard Robinson' photo (c) 2011, Adam Glanzman - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When a prospect is expected to change positions at the next level, it always creates uncertainty around his potential value. With Denard Robinson moving away from quarterback, where he played at Michigan, some of the skills necessary to make the transition haven't been evaluated yet. Wide receiver has been the most popular landing spot for him on the field, but teams haven't seen him much of him catching the football yet. That can make it a risky proposition to spend an early round pick on him in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The other side of the coin is that when a player is looked at to make a transition like this, he's always a special athlete. It's no different with Denard Robinson. He has plus speed and made a lot of plays with his feet as a quarterback in college. His quickness and good feet endear him to scouts envisioning him as a wide receiver and return man. Some even think he could play cornerback. The upside if he makes the transition smoothly is tremendous.

What this is building up to is that Denard Robinson has been projected all over the board so far leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. Mel Kiper of ESPN has said that he won't last past the second round. Others have projected him in the fifth or sixth round. Even for an event as unpredictable as the NFL Draft, that's a huge range.

There's plenty of interest from NFL teams, many of whom met with Denard Robinson at the Senior Bowl. It's worth noting that the longest meeting involving Denard Robinson was with the New York Jets.

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Denard Robinson, Mel Kiper, Michigan, New York Jets, NFL, NFL Draft, Prospects, wide receiver

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