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Robinson Speaks on Possible NFL Draft Entry: Fan Reaction
It has been revealed that Michigan QB Denard Robinson has submitted his name to the NFL Draft advisory board according to various sources.
Most Michigan fans knew he'd be staying for his senior year, but considering the unexpected departures of athletes like Darius Morris in basketball, Adrian Arrington in football and a few others, a handful of them may have feared the worst.
Robinson put those fears to rest on Dec. 30 according to a post on ESPN, as the he announced that he expects to be back.
"I expect to be back, and that's it," Robinson said, softspoken and direct as usual.
Robinson can't be faulted for putting his name in the process to see where he would be taken. He wants to see how he stacks up, particularly at quarterback, where he said he has designs of playing at in the NFL.
He obviously has a long way to go and he acknowledged that at the press conference, saying he wants to become a better QB and more complete passer so that he can be an NFL QB some day.
Robinson is actually hurt in some ways but the offensive systems he's been in, in terms of his pro prospects, because he is in on so many designed runs.
Talent scouts may see him as someone who can only play in such a system who wouldn't be a good fit for more of a pro style offense. Michigan started off with more pro sets earlier in the year but then switched it up and went to more read option runs and throws off of those runs to play to Robinson's strengths.
Even if Robinson has a good year passing next year and shows the consistency he did in the past three games, it's going to be tough for him to jump in the mix as a potential NFL QB draft pick. His smallish frame for a QB and injury history are among the other red flags he will have to deal with.
But Robinson does have the arm strength to get it done at the next level and he has shown at times that he can be one of the better QB's in the Big Ten passing. Making it to the NFL as a starting QB will be difficult but Robinson seems like he has made up his mind to do everything possible to make it happen.
Luckily for Michigan he will give the Wolverines one more year of brilliance before it's time for him to try his hand at being an NFL QB.
Nick Meyer is a lifelong Michigan fan from metro Detroit.
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