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April 27, 2013

Denard Robinson selected by Jacksonville

It took until the third day of the NFL Draft, but a Michigan Wolverine was finally taken off the board.

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 2 pick in the fifth round, the No. 135 overall pick in the draft.

Robinson's place in the Draft was a bit of a head-scratcher for many prognosticators. Some thought he could be selected in the second or third round, others believed he would fall all the way to the sixth.

Robinson, a three-year starter at quarterback, injured the ulna nerve in his throwing arm midway through his senior year - after which his role on the team changed drastically.

Coming back from the injury, Robinson, who still had trouble gripping the ball, become more of a running back. He finished the year with 177 rushing attempts, 1,266 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns.

After the Wolverines' wrapped up the season at the Outback Bowl, Robinson began the transition to wide receiver, where he played - and underwhelmed scouts - at the Senior Bowl.

But he showed marked improvement in his route running and pass catching at the NFL Combine and the Michigan Pro Day.

Robinson, who will be on the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 2014, intrigued many teams, because of his diverse skill set. But he ultimately fell down the boards, because he has not proven himself as a wide receiver.

"I like this pick because he is a quick-twitch athlete, and there is always room for quick-twitch athletes," ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer explained from Radio City Music Hall.

Draft analyst Mel Kiper chimed in that he believes Robinson's future role is as a change-of-pace running back.


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