Our final college stud that really needs to change positions in the NFL is probably the most obvious choice: Michigan's Denard Robinson.
Robinson was recruited by former Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez who was mightily trying to transform Big Blue into a fast and nimble Big East-style run-and-gun spread offense.
The Big Ten is what it is, and a big reason for that is programs like Michigan. The big, power run games have always been important in the conference, and that's not going to change overnight—or even over the course of a few seasons. Michigan paid the price for Rodriguez's hubris, but the Wolverines found a silver lining in Robinson.
Few players were as electric as Robinson when he was carrying the football, finding holes, juking defenders out of their pads and racking up yards like few running backs could ever hope. But throwing the football was a different story entirely.
Robinson was prone to “wounded duck” passes that easily fell into the waiting arms of defensive backs. He was also the victim of a Michigan team that needed to rely on him more than his body was capable of giving.
Injuries became a problem late in his career in Ann Arbor, as they would for any 6'0”, 195-pound player who frequently carried the ball over 20 times in a game.
Robinson already looks comfortable with a decision to move positions for the NFL, as it's likely his only hope of playing on Sundays next season. Robinson, assuming he can run routes and catch the ball with any kind of consistency, could become a phenomenal receiver at the next level. He already possesses NFL speed (and then some), and avoiding 20-some hits per game will be nothing but good for his long-term viability as a pro.
His NFL Scouting Combine workouts will tell the tale of how well he could transition into the new role, and if he can prove to teams he's capable of contributing in the passing game, don't be surprised to find him as a late-round gem snatched by a team in need of a playmaking third receiver or return specialist.