Michigan Football Predictions: Why Jerald Robinson Is the Key Wideout

Paul Grossinger@@pgrossingerAnalyst IIMarch 23, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Jayron Hosley #20 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs with the ball against Jerald Robinson #83 of the Michigan Wolverines during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Michigan football is headed for a great year in 2012 and Jerald Robinson is the Wolverines’ most explosive play-maker at wide receiver. His performance has the potential to be the secret sauce for a great Wolverines season!

Robinson was not a blue chip prospect, but Michigan recruited him because they knew his height, athleticism, and ability to make plays was a great fit for the Wolverines. Robinson is a Rich Rodriguez recruit but did not have the top end speed to thrive in the spread system; instead he is a stronger fit as a No. 1 big target wide receiver in Brady Hoke’s more pro-style offense.

Robinson is a tall, lean wide receiver who has fluid athleticism and play-making skills. He does not have explosive burst off the line or top end speed, but he makes up for it through his ability to make catches over opponents. In particular, Robinson’s calling card is his ability to use his height and athleticism to go up for jump balls and then use his soft hands and timing to catch the ball.

More importantly, Michigan’s current wide receiving corps does not include another big, deep threat receiver, which is why Robinson’s performance is so critical to the Wolverines’ success.

So far, the 2010 recruit has not produced up to his talent level, but much of that can be attributed to lack of opportunity. Now, Robinson should be featured opposite Roy Roundtree. If he can exhibit his play-making skills during the season, Michigan has the potential to be an offensive juggernaut.