Denard Robinson made his mark in college football as a rushing quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines. During his time at Michigan, Robinson set a NCAA record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in college football history. Now, he is preparing to make a position change in hopes that he can make the jump to the NFL.
Robinson has been working out as a wide receiver this week during Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama.
While Robinson has shown off his speed and ability to separate from receivers, he has a lot of work to do on his routes and his hands have been inconsistent. It is not the type of performance the former Wolverines star was hoping to have in Mobile and it could be costing him.
Early reviews around the NFL scouting community is that scouts are not impressed with Robinson’s ability to play receiver.
“Not good,” said an AFC scout, via Detroit Free Press. “I think he took himself from like the third, fourth round to like the sixth, seventh round.”
One NFC scout echoed those comments.
“He’s got to catch the ball a lot better,” the scout said. “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?”
Robinson still has time during draft season to improve his stock, but he has a lot of work to do to impress the scouts. He still has the NFL Scouting Combine and Pro Day to show off his skills, so it is up to Robinson to put in the work and show improvement.
No one is expecting Robinson to be a finished product that is ready to play as a full-time receiver in the NFL from day one, but if he can show that he is growing as a player during the draft season it will work wonders for his draft stock.