Michigan Football: Why Denard Robinson Must Shelf NFL Talk

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterMarch 19, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines dives for extra yards past C.J. Barnett #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 40-34. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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At this stage in the game we have all been wowed by Denard "Shoelace" Robinson and some of the things that the kid can get done on the football field.

He truly is one of those special players at the college football level.

Robinson can run, stop on a dime, and create big plays for himself and for his teammates. When things break down there's Shoelace standing there to pick up the pieces and make something happen.

In short, Robinson is one of the most dynamic and fun guys to watch at the college level, and is definitely one of Michigan's most dynamic playmakers in a long time. He deserves ample praise for his ability to mesh himself with the Al Borges-styled offense.

The Wolverines opened up spring practice this weekend, and one of the main goals for spring sessions, along with 2012 as a whole, is getting consistent production out of the quarterback position.

Yet leading into spring, even with the quarterback production issues swirling, the topic of Denard Robinson's NFL future still remains high on the "things to talk about" list.

We saw it at the end of last month as former teammate Junior Hemingway told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that Robinson needed to transition to wide receiver at the next level. Then we witnessed it last week when the quarterback informed the Associated Press in a phone interview that he wants to play quarterback at the next level.

Honestly, can we just stop?

Can reporters stop asking this stupid question? Can Robinson stop answering it? Can fans stop having the debate over whether or not he will succeed at the next level?

Seriously, can we all just stop?

The kid is set with the opportunity to have a magical season at Michigan. In addition, the Wolverines have issues at quarterback that must be corrected in order to count 2012 as a success, and yet people are still worried about something that is almost a year off in the distance.

We saw it happen with Tim Tebow and we saw it happen with Cam Newton. Shoot, we even saw Andrew Luck's NFL future become the center of discussion as he led the Cardinal to their second straight BCS Bowl.

For Robinson, obviously, there are issues with his transition to becoming a pro quarterback.

Height, development, arm strength, accuracy, footwork and decision making are all prominent issues. He strikes one as a lot more Armanti Edwards than anything else—more than Michigan fans probably want to hear given what Edwards did in Ann Arbor.

But with spring going full-force, Michigan poised for a Big Ten championship run, and a laundry list of improvements for Shoelace to make in college, the NFL talk is all just too premature.

Let the kid enjoy college. Let him be a great college football player. Enjoy Robinson taking his run at the national title and the Heisman if those things are in the cards.

In short, let this young man try and be great at what he's doing right now.

The time to tear him apart, break him down, and tell us why he'll never make it at the next level is after he's played his final college game. Until then he's just a guy who has a shot at doing some special things in Ann Arbor.