Denard Robinson drafted by Jacksonville Jaguars


NEW YORK -- After one of the most fascinating college careers imaginable, Denard Robinson has found a home in the NFL. He might even be the best quarterback on his new roster.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Robinson in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday.

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"I'm surprised he didn't go earlier," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "Forget about durability and size, this is a kid that's as tough as anybody I've ever seen. He's a playmaker. I don't care if he's a slot, running back or a return man. I bet you he's a gunner on punt return, too. You have to find a spot for him."

Robinson, who will be listed as a running back on the Jaguars' roster, is one of the interesting pieces picked up by the Jags on Day 3 of the draft. Slot man Ace Sanders from South Carolina is a poor man's Tavon Austin. Robinson and Sanders can both play the slot and compete on returns. The Jaguars needed to add some speed to their offense, and Robinson fits the bill.

"It's a great feeling being drafted," Robinson said on a conference call with reporters. "They can put me in at receiver or running back or whatever. There's a lot of different positions, so I'm excited about doing that."

The pick might remind Jaguars fans of another former quarterback who changed positions: Matt Jones. The difference, of course, is that Robinson didn't cost a first-round pick.

UPDATE: Hopefully Robinson's pro career stays this entertaining

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