Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 5/135 - Denard Robinson, RB, 5-11, 197, Michigan...Robinson gained his notoriety as a versatile quarterback at Michigan who could run and throw. In 49 career games that included 37 starts - all but two at quarterback - he set an NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback (4,495). He also set the single-season mark for quarterbacks with 1,702 yards. The Jaguars are hoping he can do the same but without the quarterback tag. He'll be used strictly as a running back, even though he got some looks as a wide receiver in post-season workouts. - The Sports Xchange
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04/29/13 - A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 5/135 - Denard Robinson, RB, 5-11, 197, Michigan...Robinson gained his notoriety as a versatile quarterback at Michigan who could run and throw. In 49 career games that included 37 starts - all but two at quarterback - he set an NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback (4,495). He also set the single-season mark for quarterbacks with 1,702 yards. The Jaguars are hoping he can do the same but without the quarterback tag. He'll be used strictly as a running back, even though he got some looks as a wide receiver in post-season workouts. - The Sports Xchange
04/24/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: Slot WR: Denard Robinson, Michigan, 5-11, 199, 4.34...With the proliferation of three and four receiver sets in today's NFL, scouts are looking for unique athletes to play the slot. Robinson's speed and elusiveness were put on display at quarterback for the Wolverines but it is his toughness and dedication which impress me most. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/13 - 2013 Michigan Pro Day: Representatives from 29 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Michigan, where 14 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Scott Turner, San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach Fred Graves and Jacksonville Jaguars running backs coach Terry Richardson were among the notable NFL attendees.
Denard Robinson, WR (5-foot-10 3/8, 199 pounds) - Robinson was the only player from Michigan who participated at the NFL Scouting Combine. Robinson stood by his combine numbers (he did run an official time of 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash). At Michigan’s pro day, Robinson worked out primarily as a running back and return specialist. His best NFL position might be running back - even if he worked out at receiver at the combine - as he can really make things happen when the ball is in his hands. It will be a coach’s choice in the NFL for where Robinson ultimately lines up. Whichever team Robinson winds up with will need to have a plan in mind for him. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/16/13 - 2013 Michigan Pro Day: The former Michigan quarterback worked at receiver, tailback and kick/punt returner during the event, and did not drop a pass from pro day quarterback Dan LeFevour (formerly of Central Michigan), nor did he drop a punt. That marks a significant improvement from the Senior Bowl just seven weeks ago. "I was definitely counting steps, and trying to get my cuts right and all that at the Senior Bowl," Robinson said. "I was thinking a lot." And now? “He don’t count his steps no more,” receiver Roy Roundtree said. “When he run his routes, you can see that he’s getting in and out of his cuts and he’s pretty confident in what he’s running now."
The difference? Time, and elbow grease. While Robinson was scrutinized for his Senior Bowl performance, and some questioned whether another position might be best, he remained undeterred. He went back to Ann Arbor and worked out even harder, sometimes three times a day, and enlisted a private receivers coach. He caught punts every day, sometimes for as much as an hour at once. "Just catch, catch, catch, catch," he said. "Every day, 40 minutes to an hour. Every day until the kicker's leg gets tired."
Robinson went to the combine, and looked much improved. He didn't drop a pass in the gauntlet drill, the most important for a receiver, and earned draft projections ranging from the second to fourth rounds. - Kyle Meinke, Michigan Live
03/12/13 - Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will be the cover athlete on NCAA Football 14, EA Sports has announced. Robinson emerged as the winner in a six-round vote that tallied over 5 million votes from college football fans across the country. Denard's competition in the finals was Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope, but even the Aggies faithful were unable to overcome Robinson's 250,000-plus votes in the final round. "I want to say thank you to all the fans at Michigan for getting behind me," Robinson said in a release. "Michigan has one of the best fan bases."
Both Robinson and Swope have been encouraging fans to vote through their Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as appearing on nationally syndicated radio and television shows to promote the contest. Former Heisman Trophy winner and NCAA Football cover athlete Desmond Howard helped push Robinson's campaign, as did teammate Roy Roundtree. The folks at EA Sports are expected to release more information about the new game in the coming weeks. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com