May 13, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (29) protects the ball during organized team activities at The Florida Blue Health

Denard Signs


As training camp approaches, the Jaguars are putting the final touches on the contracts for their draft picks. Today the team inked rookie offensive weapon (OW) Denard Robinson.

It was clear coming out of Michigan that Denard Robinson was not going to be able to play quarterback in the NFL. Still, “Shoelace” has a special skill set that lends itself to multiple positions in the NFL – just not quarterback.

Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Denard Robinson makes a catch during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars announced Robinson as a running back when they chose him in the 5th round, but he will likely be used in a multitude of roles. A natural transition for an athletic college quarterback is wide receiver – use almost anyone but Matt Jones as a prime example. Robinson could also see some time on the field as a kick returner and punt returner.

Regardless of what traditional position he might be representing on a certain playcall, Robinson will have his number called on to create explosive plays. Outside of Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, the Jaguars had very few viable threats on offense last year. Jedd Fisch will find ways to get Robinson the ball and when Robinson does get it he will be threat to score almost every play. His athleticism and potential has led some NFL writers to go out on a limb on his overall ceiling compared to the rest of the 2013 draft class.

Making the transition from college quarterback to almost any other position is never a given, but Robinson has the versatility and work ethic to be successful.

- Daniel Lago

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