The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted former University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in the fifth round of the NFL Draft this past weekend. A lot of people, myself included, were wondering if Robinson would even have his name called this year. He was a phenomenal athlete who put up amazing numbers during his four years in Ann Arbor. His ability to play quarterback (or even wide receiver) in the NFL was questioned though because of his lack of size and issues catching the ball (he played in the Senior Bowl and went to the NFL combine as a wide receiver).
The Jaguars though decided to draft Robinson and will have him play running back with them. The Jaguars, who already have a smaller running back playing for them in Maurice Jones Drew, are the perfect team for Robinson in my mind. Jacksonville is not a big market team, so the pressure to perform there will be minimal. The Jaguars are not close to being a playoff team, so Robinson should get a chance to show what he can do on the field.
Another reason why Jacksonville is the perfect place for Robinson is because their current starting running back, Maurice Jones Drew, is in the final year of his contract and will most likely not be back in Jacksonville past this upcoming season. With that in mind, the Jaguars drafted someone very similar to Jones Drew and will groom him to take his place. Heck, they could probably wear a similar size jersey. Denard Robinson stands 6'0 tall and weighs 197 lbs. Jones Drew is 5'7 and weighs 207 lbs.
To prove how similar Robinson and Jones Drew were coming out of college, take a look at these two scouting reports and try to choose which one belongs to whom...
Thrilling player who can break just about any play. Very elusive and can lurk behind blockers and explode into the open field. Lack of power and pass-catching ability like will mark him as a third-down who can contribute in the return game.
Quick with all the agility in the world...absolutely dynamic. His playmaking ability is all about agility and quickness. He has the moves to make people miss; the spin, the juke, the studder you name it he’s got the move. What’s important to realize is that teams will be interested in him for what he can do in terms of yards-after-catch. He has that break-away and elusive ability to turn a quick 5-yard run into a 60 yard gain. He’s the type of player where you have to know where he is at all times on the field because he is capable of anything…literally. To have a weapon like him in your bag of tricks is priceless to an imaginative offensive coordinator.
The Jaguars are hoping that the similarities pour over onto the football field this fall. If they do, then they may have gotten the steal of this years NFL Draft.