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
02/23/13 - Denard Robinson is embracing change, but he still feels like a quarterback. The 5-10, 180-pound dual-threat passer played wide receiver at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. In Indianapolis, he talked to suitors about trying his hand at cornerback, returner and even third-down running back. "They talked to me about it, just want to get the ball in my hands," he said. Robinson is "60 percent" recovered from a hand injury that could still require surgery. But on Sunday, he's planning to show he has one thing in abundance: speed.
Robinson, who said he fields hundreds of punts and is catching as many passes as he can to prepare for the combine and his pro day, infamously said he might be able to challenge Usain Bolt, the Jamaican Olympic sprinter who won gold in the 100 and 200 meters, in a 40-yard sprint. "You'll see tomorrow," he said. "I want to run something pretty fast." Even without a true position in the NFL, Robinson doesn't view himself as a gamble. "A lot of people gamble, don't you think?" Robinson said with a smile. "I think I'd be a pretty sure bet." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/20/13 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 9. Denard Robinson, Michigan, WR-RB-KR: One of the greatest players in the Wolverines' storied history is ready to move on to the NFL. Robinson should run in the 4.3s and has a strong enough frame to make you think he can be a factor as a slot receiver in the NFL. Some have worried about his hands, though. Those drills will be the ones that everyone is going to want to study in Indy. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
01/25/13 - Scouts left the Senior Bowl on Wednesday after the final padded practices of the week, and their impressions of Michigan's Denard Robinson as a receiver were decidedly unfavorable. "Not good," one AFC scout told the Free Press. "I think he took himself from like the third, fourth round to like the sixth, seventh round."
Robinson practiced without restrictions for the first time Wednesday after being limited Monday and Tuesday by a nerve problem in his right elbow that left him unable to extend his pinky finger. He caught all six passes thrown his way during cone drills at the beginning of the workout, but had two drops in seven attempts while running routes, made just one catch in four attempts during one-on-one drills and didn't have a pass thrown his way in seven-on-seven or full team work, where he showed his inexperience running routes and getting off jams at the line of scrimmage.
In a special-teams period at the end of practice, Robinson misjudged several kickoffs. He struggled to field punts earlier in the week. "He's got to catch the ball a lot better," an NFC 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?" - Dave Birkett, The Detroit Free Press
01/24/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Wide Receivers, Three down...1. Denard Robinson, Michigan. Robinson didn't look as fast as advertised. It might have been a case where he was thinking too much and that locked up his speed, which is excusable considering he used to be a quarterback. As it were, there wasn't a lot to like about him. He was slower, and either the same size or smaller than most of the receivers in the Senior Bowl. But it's obvious what kind of athleticism he has, so expect him to get picked in April as a guy who could develop into a role player. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/24/13 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, WEDNESDAY FALLER: WR Denard Robinson, Michigan (North Team)...For the first time all week, the yellow jersey was off and Robinson was ready for some contact drills on Wednesday. However, it was more of the same for the former Michigan quarterback as he battles the tough transition to receiver. Robinson appeared to fight the ball most of the day and lacked sharpness in his routes, two areas that need improving before he is ready for the NFL. He also needed help on where to line up pre-snap on several occasions, indicating just how raw he is at the position. Although he doesn't have ideal running back size, Robinson appears best suited as an all-around weapon in the backfield and elsewhere, not necessarily limited to receiver. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com