Former Michigan quarterback/receiver/returner and current NCAA '14 cover star Denard Robinson is one of the most interesting multi-position athletes in the 2013 draft class. He set an FBS record with 4,495 career rushing yards for a quarterback, and started to make real gains as a receiver at the 2013 scouting combine and at Michigan's pro day after his efforts at the Senior Bowl fell flat. So, he's a football player in transition.
One thing we do know, however -- per the above video from FOX Sports Detroit, Robinson is NOT a pitcher. He proved that when attempting the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers' game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park.
Denard Robinson on first pitch: "I babied it. I should've just thrown the ball."
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 9, 2013
Yikes. That doesn't say much for his arm, either. To be fair, Robinson has been recovering from a nerve contusion he suffered last October, and is just now getting optimal feeling back in the pickie and ring fingers of his right hand. He was checked out at the recent combine medical re-test in Indianapolis, and everything looks good for his football future. He's been working with former Carolina Panthers receivers coach Richard Williamson. The ultimate goal, he says, is to be a multi-position receiver threat in the Percy Harvin/Randall Cobb mold.
"I continue to work with him, and I think I'm getting better every time I step on the field," Robinson told me last month. "And that's one of the things I'd always thought -- prior to the Senior Bowl, I'd never played receiver, and I just went out there and tried to play it. I did have a limiting injury, but when I got to Lucas Oil Stadium, it was better. I just kept putting the time in, and working with dedication, and that's why I had success. And when I went to my pro day, I had success because I knew I'd put the time in, and I knew what I was working for."
That's all well and good, and it's entirely possible that Robinson has a bright NFL future. The MLB thing? Well, he should set that aside ... for good.