Denard Robinson Will Be Versatile X-Factor in Jacksonville Jaguars' Offense

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIApril 27, 2013

Oct 27, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) runs against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in the first half. Nebraska won 23-9. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars got wonderful value in selecting ex-University of Michigan star Denard Robinson with the 135th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft's fifth round.

Bleacher Report showed Robinson's reaction, as his long wait to come off the board was finally over:

Robinson was a quarterback in college and worked out for scouts in preparation to be a receiver. However, the team announced Robinson as a running back on Saturday, as the Jaguars' official Twitter page documented:

That type of versatility is going to give the Jags a much-needed game-changer on the offensive side of the ball. Robinson's talents will be an x-factor that will keep opposing defensive coordinators consistently on their toes.

Considering the rather dire situation in Jacksonville at quarterback with 2011 No. 10 overall pick Blaine Gabbert and the inconsistent Chad Henne, lining up Robinson in the shotgun could prove to be a unique change of pace.

One of the NFL's hottest trends is the zone-read option concept, and that is precisely how Robinson thrived so well in Ann Arbor.

The former Wolverines signal-caller scampered for 42 touchdowns in his four-year career and an NCAA quarterback record of 4,495 yards—even with sack yardage included.

Near the end of his career, though, Robinson started two games at running back.

There is definitely an opportunity for him to be a scat back at the professional level and serve as a nice complement to powerful superstar RB Maurice Jones-Drew along with the recently acquired Justin Forsett.

The work Robinson put in preparing to be a wideout in the NFL should only help him see the field more quickly. That could even result in him splitting out wide more frequently.

CBS Sports insider Mike Freeman has some particularly strong feelings about how Robinson will be in the NFL:

Asserting that Robinson will be one of the five best players from this deep 2013 draft class seems like outrageous hyperbole, but it shows the tantalizing athletic talents that Robinson brings to the table.

The Jaguars recently unveiled a revamped look, with a brand-new logo, helmet and uniform in an effort to signal a new era in the organization. This is the second year the franchise has been under the ownership of Shahid Khan, and the first for head coach Gus Bradley and GM Dave Caldwell.

In order for the team to back up its new look adequately, a strong draft was necessary. Thus far, Caldwell is crushing it—and his selection of Robinson was a critical, wise decision even this late in the process.

The pick before Robinson was used on former South Carolina receiver Ace Sanders in the fourth round, who has comparable athleticism to Robinson. Both should be instant factors on special teams in the return game.

Sanders couldn't contain his excitement after news of Robinson coming to Jacksonville broke:

Things may be looking up in Jacksonville after all, and signs of progress are vital for a franchise that hasn't made the postseason in the past five seasons. Enhancing an offense that was 30th in points in 2012 will go a long way in improving the team overall.

Robinson is precisely the type of exciting, high-profile player with star power and immense upside that the Jaguars desperately need to revitalize their brand—and ultimately become legitimate playoff contenders in the years to come.