Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson curious about NFL standing, says he's likely to return
The panel, made up of NFL executives, tells underclassmen if they have the potential to be drafted. Robinson, in an interview with Adam Rittenberg of ESPN, said he filed paperwork for the advisory board, but is planning to play his senior season at Michigan.
"Most likely, yes," Robinson told ESPN.
Robinson adjusted well to a more pro-style set this season under new coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges, passing for 2,056 yards and 18 touchdowns and running for 1,163 yards and 16 TDs. For his career, he has rushed for 35 touchdowns and passed for 38.
His best pro potential at this point, though, likely would come at a position other than quarterback. His accuracy and decision making in the passing game remain concerns, particularly after he threw 14 interceptions this year.
It's not unusual for top underclassmen to ask for the NFL advisory board's recommendation. Michigan senior defensive tackle Mike Martin submitted paperwork to the panel last year, but elected to return to school after being told he likely would be a middle-round pick. Scouts now project Martin to be an early-round choice.
The panel's advice isn't a science. Former Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren was told by the advisory board in 2009 he could be a first- to third-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He turned pro and went undrafted.