Denard Robinson Senior Bowl: Shoelace Must Have Sensational Showing in Mobile

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 17:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 42-17 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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While some players' stocks are rising at the 2013 Senior Bowl, other players', including Michigan Wolverine Denard Robinson, are falling.

No one is questioning Robinson's athletic ability, but what they are questioning is whether he can make the transition from running quarterback to NFL wide receiver.

It's a move that's necessary if Robinson wants to play in the NFL, as he's surely not going to the league to be a quarterback.

While his nearly 4,500 career rushing yards at Michigan are enough to prove his athleticism—given his 6'0", 197-pound frame—his 49 touchdowns to 39 interceptions in his time as a Wolverine aren't exactly what NFL teams are looking for.

There's already doubt surrounding Robinson as to whether he can make it as a wideout in the NFL, and so far, it's not looking promising.

B/R's Matt Miller took the trip down to Mobile, Ala., and let's just say Robinson wasn't the best player on the field in the preparation for Saturday's game:

Wanted to see development of Denard Robinson this week. Walking away unimpressed. Stock is dropping.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 24, 2013

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler also writes of Robinson's falling stock at the Senior Bowl, saying,

Robinson appeared to fight the ball most of the day and lacked sharpness in his routes, two areas that need improving before he is ready for the NFL. He also needed help on where to line up pre-snap on several occasions, indicating just how raw he is at the position. Although he doesn't have ideal running back size, Robinson appears best suited as an all-around weapon in the backfield and elsewhere, not necessarily limited to receiver.

If Robinson's dreams of playing football in the NFL are going to come true, he either needs to start putting in more work and effort as a wide receiver or start thinking about changing his position.

I don't think he's best suited at running back, given his somewhat scrawny build.

Just look at what happened to Robert Griffin III this season.

RGIII racked up the rushing yards in the NFL this season, but was still subjected to huge hits, and he's two inches taller and weighs nearly 20 pounds more than Robinson.

If WR doesn't work out, he can always take a shot at cornerback or special teams kick returner. However, as Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar points out, Robinson muffed three of eight kicks as punt returner on his first day of practice.

Okay, so maybe the whole punt returner thing won't work out.

With no defined position and his stock dropping in Mobile, Denard Robinson needs to have one heck of a showing at the 2013 Senior Bowl to leave a lasting impression in the minds of NFL scouts.

 

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