Michigan Football: Why Moving Denard Robinson to Cornerback Is Right Move

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIDecember 25, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a 67-yard touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Denard Robinson had made his name as a do-it-all quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines. He's a dangerous runner who has taken snaps at running back and receiver.

Most observers agree that Robinson will not play quarterback in the pros, other than for a few trick plays and Wildcat packages.

What they don't agree on is where he will play. Some have pegged him at receiver, some at running back. Noted NFL analyst Gil Brandt, who used to be the general manager for the Dallas Cowboys, thinks Robinson fits best at cornerback 

I'd draft him to be a cornerback. A quarterback never wants to be told he's going to have to play another position, but I don't think he can play quarterback in the NFL. I do know teams are always looking for cornerbacks, and I think Robinson could do it because of his quickness and speed.

But he'd have to want to do it to make it work.

There's no word on whether Robinson would be receptive to such a move; however, it makes sense. Robinson is an incredible athlete. As Brandt said, he's incredibly quick, which is a necessity for a cornerback.

Robinson is 6', so is the perfect size for cornerback. He's lightning quick, and with a little added bulk could matchup with many receivers, especially in the slot, at the next level.

Whatever team drafts Robinson will likely use him in multiple positions, as they will try to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. But if he needs a permanent position, cornerback is the right move. Coaches will have a clean slate, and won't have to deal with poor technique. They'll just have one of the best college athletes to make into a star. Not a bad deal. 

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