We all know Denard Robinson as the electric quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines, but a very strong argument could be made that Michigan has used him incorrectly for the past few years. He's an absolutely great runner and is near impossible to stop when he has the ball in his hands. Well, except for when he's throwing the ball.
For as good as Robinson has been as a running quarterback, he's been equally as bad as a passer. He's thrown for 39 interceptions compared to 49 touchdowns during his time at Michigan, and he's currently completing just 53.5 percent of his passes. Meanwhile, he's run for 4,129 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns so far, and Michigan's offense is extremely effective when he is running the ball.
Many Michigan fans will tell you that their biggest frustration in the past few years has been Robinson's inability to be a true quarterback, and he is the major factor that's hindering head coach Brady Hoke from moving to a pro-style offense.
Imagine if Robinson was a slot receiver, though. Michigan would be able to get him the ball in open space already in stride and just ask him to make defenders miss. He would be excellent as a slot receiver. The Wolverines could put him in motion and run him out of the backfield, throw quick bubble screens to him or even test a defense by sending him deep and asking him to make an athletic play on the football.
How much better would things be for Robinson as well? Right now, he has an extremely small chance of being an NFL player. There's talk about him transitioning to a return specialist or receiver, but we haven't seen him even take reps at those positions.
He's basically a non-factor to NFL scouts, but if he were already a receiver at the college level, he would be an extremely intriguing option. A team would want to take a chance on him with the hopes of him becoming a Devin Hester, Josh Cribbs or even a Randall Cobb type player.
If Robinson was a slot player at the college level, both he and the Michigan would be better off right now.