There have been a number of athletic college quarterbacks that switched to skill positions for a chance at playing in the pros — Antwaan Randle-El, Brad Smith and Julian Edelman all come to mind — and now former Michigan signal-caller Denard Robinson will look to do the same.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Robinson will play wide receiver in the upcoming Senior Bowl.
Once a Heisman Trophy candidate, the Florida native is the all-time NCAA record holder for rushing yards by a quarterback (4,495), but has seen his passing stats steadily decline since his breakout sophomore campaign in 2010. Robinson’s slight, six-foot frame and lack of high-end arm strength lead most to believe that he does not have a shot at playing quarterback in the NFL.
While receiver is the position most NFL scouts project for Robinson, it has also been rumored that he may see time at running back during the Senior Bowl as well, after rushing for 100 yards on 23 carries out of the backfield in Michigan’s Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Robinson as the No. 16 wide receiver prospect and No. 118 overall.
The Senior Bowl will be held Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.