According to Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News, ESPN Draft analyst/guru Mel Kiper Jr. has stated that former University of Michigan quarterback/athlete Denard Robinson could go as high as the second round in April’s NFL Draft.
Here’s Chengelis quoting Kiper:
I’d say second or third round for Robinson. I wouldn’t say solid, sure-fire second now; at worse third round right now. If I were a team, I think third round is where I’d feel very comfortable bringing him into the fold. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility he could be a two.
It sounds like a fair bit of waffling about whether Robinson should really be a second or third round pick. I think the point is that most teams would see him as a third round selection, but a few teams might feel inclined to take a second round gamble on him.
Unlike former West Virginia QB Pat White (a comparison Kiper made), Robinson isn’t holding onto the notion that he could play quarterback at the next level, and that gives him an advantage with teams. Instead of being a great athlete that an NFL would have to coach into a respectable manner of professional quarterback (ala White), Robinson would be a great athlete that could be molded to serve in any number of roles.
It’s not automatic he’s a receiver,” Kiper said. “He could be a corner, he could be a situational running back, a slot guy, a return man. There’s a lot of things you would figure in a couple years when he’s had a chance to be coached up and settle and get some experience at those positions