2013 NFL Draft: Michigan QB/RB/WR Denard Robinson

Eric Francis

We're less than two weeks away from the NFL Draft, and as part of our draft coverage, Windy City Gridiron will spotlight a number of players. Today we take a look at former Michigan Wolverine QB Denard Robinson.

There's no denying that Denard Robinson was an electric college player while at Michigan. The problem he faces as he prepares to enter the NFL Draft, is he has no true position. It was as a quarterback for the Wolverines that he made his name, but he did so with his feet, rushing for the most yards ever by a Big 10 QB, 4,495. The player whose record he broke is the player he's trying to emulate in the NFL. Antwaan Randle El had a nine year NFL career playing wide out and returner after playing QB at Indiana.

Here's the early process of Robinson transitioning away from quarterback from his time at the Senior Bowl.

NFL scouts don't believe that Robinson is accurate enough to thrive at QB in the NFL, and that prompted his move to wide receiver. Robinson is willing to play anywhere in the NFL, even floating that he'd go to defense. He's a football player that just wants to play football. He's not making any Tebow-esque demands to remain at QB, he's just looking to help what ever NFL team drafts him in what ever way he can.

Here are some Denard Robinson highlights from 2012.

At the NFL Combine he worked out with the wide receivers, but at his pro day he did running back drills. In my opinion his best pro position is running back. At 5'10, 199 pounds, he's bigger than former Florida State and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn (5'9" 187), he's bigger than former Chicago Bears back up RB Garrett Wolfe (5'7" 185), and his size is comparable to current Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (5'11" 191).

He does have a leaner frame than many of today's running backs, but that's nothing an NFL weight room can't fix. I imagine an inventive NFL coach will have a field day designing ways to get Robinson involved in his offense.

Here are some of his highlights from his first three years at Michigan.

There's a place for players like Denard Robinson in the NFL, whether he's a running back or a receiver, or if you let him run some read option or wildcat stuff on occasion as a quarterback. With some work, he's a candidate to contribute as a returner, and he displays the right attitude to succeed in the NFL.

He's projected to be drafted anywhere between the 4th and 6th rounds, but it would not surprise me to see a team roll the dice on his talent in the 3rd round or sooner.

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