Oct 13, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) runs for a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini in the third quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
University of Michigan quarterback/do it all man Denard Robinson was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Jaguars managed to get one of the most athletic players in the draft in Robinson. “Shoelace” manages to make everything more exciting when he has the ball in his hands.
And that’s the key: getting Robinson the ball. How do you do it?
Robinson knows he isn’t really a quarterback and doesn’t have a lot of experience at wide receiver, which is where he is expected to play. If anyone can turn him into a wide receiver, it will be Jaguars wide receiver coach Jerry Sullivan. Robinson’s hands are not anticipated to be poor but his route running needs some serious work. He’s athletic and intelligent enough to work at it and develop into a much better receiver, but it may take time.
Robinson is a pure playmaker that will take a little bit of time to settle into a role with the Jaguars. I love his upside but his immediate impact may be minimal until he becomes a true specialist at a position. He makes other players look like they’re playing backyard football and that’s good but he will need to get crisper, sharper, and more professional in his play. He’s a great guy and good pick. I grade him out at a B but the potential to be something special is through the roof.
– Luke N. Sims
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