Michigan's Denard Robinson's Future is Not as Quarterback

By Connor Muldowney
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Denard Robinson has been one of the more celebrated quarterbacks in Michigan football history and he will have to put that behind him once he reaches the NFL.

There is no doubt that the athletic senior quarterback will be drafted due to his potential– at a different position.

Head coach Brady Hoke has been starting junior quarterback Devin Gardner for the final four games of the season, passing for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns, and Hoke has kept his quarterback choice for the bowl game a secret. While Gardner is likely to be the starting quarterback for the bowl game, Robinson’s position remains a secret.

The three-year starter has been Michigan’s all-time leading rusher at the quarterback position, running for 4,395 yards and 42 touchdowns while passing for 6,250 yards and 49 touchdowns.

His offensive production has been record-setting, but his greatest downfall has been his accuracy. Robinson’s lack of accuracy has plagued him throughout his career as he has thrown 39 interceptions. His completion percentage has gone down each year that he has started as well– beginning at 62 percent in 2010 and dropping all the way to 54 percent this season.

While his passing has been inconsistent throughout the years, his running ability is no secret.

The senior quarterback has rushed for over 1,000 in each of the past three seasons and remains one of college football’s most electric players.

However, he will most likely be playing receiver or running back for the team’s Outback Bowl matchup with South Carolina on New Year’s Day.

As for his future in the NFL, he will probably be playing on the opposite side of the ball. Many scouts are saying that because of his speed, he would be a perfect fit for a cornerback.

I know what you’re saying, why cornerback and not receiver? Well, not too many teams need receivers, especially an unproven one, but every team needs a speedy cornerback. The need for defensive back is rampant around the NFL and many scouts believe he doesn’t have what it takes to be a professional quarterback.

Instead of reading defenses for the remainder of his career, offenses will likely be reading him while he makes the switch to an NFL cornerback. Good luck to him, it won’t be easy.

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