Ohio State vs. Michigan: Why Denard Robinson, Braxton Miller Aren't NFL QBs

James BrownSenior Analyst INovember 26, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 19:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to out run the tackle of Lavonte David #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 45-17. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines are in the middle of a slug fest in one of the biggest rivalry games in college football.

So far, both quarterback Denard Robinson for Michigan and Braxton Miller for Ohio State are off to great starts. While they may make a difference in this game today and on the college football field, these two are not NFL caliber quarterbacks.

Braxton Miller is an offense that likes to run first and worry about the pass later. He completed a 54-yard touchdown pass early in this game, but his overall skill set will not be needed in the NFL.

In his last three games prior to this one, Miller has a sickly completion percentage in the 40 range and averages about 14 attempts a game. That number will be much higher today, but he is not even close to being a NFL caliber quarterback and the same could be said for the opposition.

Denard Robinson is quick-footed and flashy, but he won’t make it in the NFL as a signal caller. He is excellent running the ball, but fails miserably when he puts it in the air. His accuracy his awful and he misses the easiest of throws. He has had an interception in six straight games and three games with multiple interceptions.

There have only been two games on the season when he has not had at least one turnover. There is no doubt that Robinson is an impressive athlete, but he is most certainly not an impressive quarterback.

These two players are very important to their teams and are both good athletes. They do have talent enough to play college football at a high level, but don’t look for them under center on Sunday anytime soon.


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