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Denard Robinson will play wide receiver at Senior Bowl


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Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was one of the most dynamic players in college football history. His 4,495 rushing yards set the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision career record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Robinson, however, won't play quarterback in the NFL. He never has been an accurate passer or made the best decisions in the passing game.

Robinson has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl as a receiver and will play some running back, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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"There's a lot of people hoping that he goes down to Mobile, Ala., and plays in that Senior Bowl and does what Antwaan Randle El did coming out of Indiana as a quarterback, goes there and shows that he can catch the football and return punts," ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said. "If Robinson does that, we know he's got tremendous speed, a tremendous burst, we know he's a tough kid, we know he can run with the football in his hands, you can put him in the backfield. He could be a situational back, you could put him in the slot, in the wing, you could put him in the return game, you can get him the ball in space.

"I think as long as he shows he can catch the ball effectively, he's got a chance to be a second-round draft choice. I really believe that's where he could potentially go."

Robinson will be drafted despite some doubts. In a league where Wes Welker, Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb shine in the slot, Robinson definitely has the opportunity to be a playmaker in the right system. He'll start to prove that to NFL scouts and coaches in two weeks at the Senior Bowl.

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