Senior Bowl Scouting Report - Denard Robinson

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Note: This scouting report was compiled by the staff of the Senior Bowl.  It is reprinted here with their permission.

#16 Denard Robinson QB/WO Michigan 6000/197/4.42

Background: Denard will be a 23-year old NFL rookie in 2013. He was a First team All-Broward County quarterback and rated #8 in the country as an athlete by at Deerfield Beach HS, FL. In three years as the starter, he passed for 4,487 yards and 44 touchdowns while running for 1,132 yards and 13 more scores. He also ran track and finished 3rd in the 100M at the Florida 4A Track and Field State Championships and was part of the winning 4x100M relay team. He did not redshirt at Michigan in 2009 and played in all 12 games as a QB with one start as a RB.

In ’10, he started all 13 games at QB and completed 182-of-291 passes (62.5 pct.) for 2,570 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and carried the football 256 times for 1,702 yards (6.6 avg) and 14 touchdowns. He became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,500+ yards and rushing for 1,500+ yards in a single season.

Denard Robinson
Denard Robinson

ICONThe scouting staff at the Senior Bowl says that Denard Robinson should focus on his receiving skills if he wants to make it at the next level.

In ’11, he made 13 more starts and passed for 2,173 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and ran for 1,176 yards (5.3avg) and 16 touchdowns. He has been selected for various All-Big Ten teams and is a preseason awards candidate in 2012. Denard is a general studies major in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Tapes Viewed: 2011-Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State

Game Attended: vs. Alabama, September 1

Summary: Denard is a three year starter at quarterback for Michigan where he has posted incredible numbers as a multidimensional athlete. His most likely path to the NFL will be as a wide receiver in the mold of Antwaan Randle El (former Indiana QB and Steelers’ WR) from a decade ago. He does not have the frame to continue as a pro-style quarterback, however, he does have an athletic build with lean-muscled arms and legs.

Denard is an electric playmaker with make-miss ability in a compressed area and the long distance speed to score from anywhere on the field. It is expected that he will get some reps for the Wolverines as a wide receiver/slot back in 2012, where he can be utilized in a variety of ways. They will motion and move him around before handing, pitching or passing him the football in space. For the NFL, he has the athleticism and foot quickness to run routes, but he has very little experience in this regard. A trip to the Senior Bowl would serve him well in getting a head start on the transition from QB to WR. There is no question about his athletic ability, quickness and speed—the concerns will be his adaptability to playing WR and actually catching the football. Plus, he certainly has the skills needed to be a punt returner in addition to an expanded role as
specialized Wildcat QB.

Pat White, the former West Virginia QB and Senior Bowler drafted by the Dolphins in the 2nd round, is another prospect that comes to mind when evaluating Denard. However, White did not pan out as a Wildcat QB with Miami and never embraced playing wide receiver. Early indications are that Denard realizes his situation and wants to make the move as soon as his Michigan season ends. After a tough outing in the opener vs. Alabama, he responded with a 426-yard game against Air Force by rushing for 218 yards and
two touchdowns and passing for 208 more with two touchdowns through the air. What the NFL scouts want to see in 2012: For Denard to stay relatively healthy for the entire season and to make a concerted effort in transitioning full-time from QB to WR when the appropriate time comes to do so, preferably during the all-star game phase of the evaluation process.  

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