Report: Denard Robinson commits to Senior Bowl as receiver, could play tailback
ANN ARBOR -- Denard Robinson's path to the NFL is becoming clearer.
The former Michigan star told MLive.com last month he would conduct his postseason training in Ann Arbor so he could also complete his degree in general studies and graduate in May. Now, the Detroit Free Press is reporting Robinson will compete in the Senior Bowl.
Robinson will be listed as a receiver and also is expected to play tailback, according to a tweet from the Free Press' Dave Birkett. The game -- a showcase for senior NFL hopefuls -- is Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.
Robinson was a record-setting quarterback at Michigan, and became the NCAA's all-time quarterback rushing leader (4,495 yards). He eclipsed Pat White's record in his final quarter at Michigan.
But as he transitions to the NFL, ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has said Robinson needs to be less like White and more like former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El.
Both were elite rushing quarterbacks in college, but White insisted on being drafted as a quarterback, while Randle El auditioned at other positions. White ended up fizzing out, while Randle El had a nine-year career at receiver and was an All-Pro selection.
Kiper said Robinson could be drafted as high as the second round, if he's amenable to playing positions such as receiver and tailback at events such as the Senior Bowl.
And it appears that will be the case.
“What made him a second-round pick, Randle El, was the Senior Bowl week -- that’s when he proved he could catch the ball,” Kiper said. “Pat White out of West Virginia, (I) thought he should have been a slot receiver. He wanted to be a quarterback, went in the second round as a Wildcat quarterback and now he has no future in the league. I thought he would have been better served playing another position.
"You think about Robinson with his speed, can he catch it? And that’s what he’s going to have to show, whether it’s his pro day, whether it’s at the combine, whether it’s at the Senior Bowl week.
“He could maybe, possibly be like Antwaan Randle El, be a second-round pick, but it’s still a big question mark until he shows he can catch the football. We know he’s fast, we know he’s athletic, we know he’s tough and all that, but can he catch the football?"
We're about to find out.
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