Todd McShay: Denard Robinson not a natural pass-catcher
But he still harbors concerns that Robinson is not a natural pass catcher.
The former Michigan quarterback is transitioning to wideout, but struggled there during the Senior Bowl last month.
"He's got to improve as a pass-catcher," McShay said Friday during a conference call with reporters. "The routes will come. The concern I have exiting the Senior Bowl week -- and it's something he can continue to show as he goes through the combine and pro day workouts and individual workouts -- is he a natural pass-catcher?
"Some guys are, and some guys aren't. That doesn't mean he can't improve, or that he won't ever get to an acceptable rate with that skill-set. But it did not look like he's a great natural catcher."
Robinson appears to have the athleticism to play the position, which is not surprising. He set the FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback while at Michigan, and rewrote the Wolverines' record book.
But his other skills at receiver remain crude. That includes his routes and his catching ability, although the latter may be a function of a nerve injury that continues to give him some numbness in his hand.
NFL scouts have gone on record saying Robinson's draft stock plummeted from the early rounds to the sixth or seventh round after the Senior Bowl week.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. was more optimistic this week, saying Robinson wouldn't last past the third round. McShay said he projects Robinson likely will be selected in the third or fourth round, and the "worst-case scenrio" is the fifth.
He has a piece of advice for Robinson.
"If I'm him, I'm out catching punts and passes from anyone who will throw to me, and Jugs machine, etc. Every single day between now and the draft, just trying to improve my hands," McShay said. "Because if he can improve in that area, and look better when teams work him out individually in April, I think that will go a long way toward helping his cause.
"There's a place in the NFL for Denard Robinson. He's just too good of an athlete, and has made too many big plays and created too many yards, when you study his tape, for him not to be in the NFL."
Robinson's next step is participating next week in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He was the only Michigan draft hopeful invited.
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