When the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted former Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson in the fifth round of this weekend’s NFL Draft, the immediate question became what will become of him? Robinson was a quarterback at Michigan, but his greatest attribute was always his legworks and agility. He wasn’t the best passer and he really couldn’t run a team that well.
Robinson tried everything in order to find out how he’d be best suited in the NFL. At the Senior Bowl, Robinson lined up at cornerback as well as wide receiver and he was ultimately drafted by the Jaguars as a wide receiver. But the team is reportedly going to use Robinson’s best skill and place him at running back in 2013.
Robinson (5-feet-10, 199 pounds) played quarterback at Michigan, but is expected to play running back in the NFL. He worked at wide receiver at the Senior Bowl.
It will be interesting to see how well Robinson does at running back, considering the Jaguars already have two capable guys doing the job already. Maurice Jones-Drew is the starter, but in the final year of a contract he likely won’t renew before testing the market and Rashard Jennings is the backup but failed to capitalize on an opportunity to prove himself a starter last season when Jones-Drew was out.
Obviously, Robinson won’t be pushing anyone out of a role right away, but he’s got a fire in his belly after the way critics disregarded him both while he was at Michigan and when he was coming out of there as well.