It makes a lot of sense when you think about the fact that it doesn't make sense.
Kiper: Denard #1 or #2 Draft Option..at WR
...can he catch?
Who cares he's fast as hell. The only way he goes #2 at WR is if Usain Bolt joins the draft.
The crazy thing is, I wouldn't be that shocked to see Denard being able to hang with Bolt for 20-30m (which is about what matters in football anyway). Sure, Bolt would destroy Denard after that, but I still wouldn't be surprised to see their "football speed" be more similar than people might think.
I don't really know why people are getting so riled up about this. It's a huge compliment regarding the fact that Denard will probably be the best athlete in the draft next year. He still has a lot left to prove if he wants to reach his goal of being a QB, but is a good enough football player to go in the 1st round regardless of how well he does in achieving that goal. I still think with Denard's work ethic and what he showed in the last few games of the regular season that he could surprise a lot of people next year, but I also think it's most likely that he'll wind up as a Reggie Bush/Jahvid Best type of guy in the NFL.
Denard is such a freak athlete that he's going to be drafted high, maybe without a set position. The Bears drafted Devin Hester as a 1st rounder, he played mostly DB in College, and returned kicks. That worked out very well for the Bears (except for the part where they paid him like a #1 receiver.... See Ya Angelo!) There's a long history of former QBs succeeding in the NFL elsewhere - look at Randle El, Brad Smith, Etc. Denard is faster than those guys, it'll be interesting to see what the team that drafts him decides to do.
IMO Denard should go to the combine as a QB. Set all kinds of records for QBs. Work out as a QB. And make it clear to teams that he'd "like to be a QB, but isn't adverse to finding other ways onto the field as well" or something like that.
a second rounder, but yeah.
In other words, he should be the anti-Terrelle Pryor, which he already kinda is.
and I like the idea of him catching a few more passes, but deep balls, next year.
He will be a return man in the NFL and possibly a slot receiver, but a guy who can play some QB in a pinch. I see him as a late econd rounder and a fan favorite wherever he goes.
Did we ever hear what the NFL advisors told him? Im not sure he'd want to make that public but it would cool to know.
Maybe the Lions could take a WR in the first round! They haven't done that in a while.
One of these guys went #1 in the draft the other still has one more year in college.
Career Passing: 338 Cmp, 580 Att, 4931 Yds, 40 TD
Career Rushing: 546 Att, 3229 Yds, 5.9 Avg, 35 TD
Career Punting: 2 Punts, 41 Yds, 20.5 Avg
Career Scoring: 35 TD, 210 Pts
Career Passing: 192 Cmp, 342 Att, 3299 Yds, 21 TD
Career Rushing: 212 Att, 1202 Yds, 5.7 Avg, 16 TD
Career Scoring: 8 TD, 48 Pts
I'm saying that with another year and growth in the west coast and his accuracy improves who knows.
the top stats are definitely Robinson. Who is the bottom? (Michael) Vick?
Used this argument yesterday to say that Denard still has a decent chance of going as a QB.
He argued that dual threat didn't matter to Atlanta so then I compared Vicks final college QB stats to Case McCoy (not Colt) and they had fairly equal numbers and Case is no where near NFL ready.
Either way, Vicks stats were really mediocre so I guess Atlanta just took him on faith...
|1999||Virginia Tech||Big East||QB||105||181||58.0||2065||11.4||11.6||13||5||172.0|
|2000||Virginia Tech||Big East||SO||QB||87||161||54.0||1234||7.7||7.0||8||6||127.4|
|1999||Virginia Tech||Big East||QB||108||585||5.4||8||0||0||0||108||585||5.4||8|
|2000||Virginia Tech||Big East||SO||QB||104||617||5.9||8||0||0||0||104||617||5.9||8|
Career Scoring jacked up? These kind of stats just speak more to longevity at a glance. A lot more to the story as we all know.
I love Denard and all but he also has had roughly double the interceptions Vick has had. Also: Vick has shown a tremendous ability to scramble while Denard has shown little to no ability to scramble. (almost a steadfast resistance)
Denard actually has some zip on his balls. With another off-season and more work with Borges, I could see him raising his QB stock significantly if next year is a break-out year as a passer (in which case, his deity status will be official). He could use a bit more height, but so could Drew Brees. Someone will find a spot for him as a returner, if nothing else, but I'd be disappointed if that's all that he does. As far as #1 or 2 WR, yes, Kiper still has a job because he is completely unaccountable for the accuracy of his predictions.
More relevantly, none of this is relevant yet. Kiper needs a hobby.
he wont get a chance at qb in the nfl unless he improves to drew brees accuracy. all the successful dual threats in the nfl are a lot more accurate than denard. besides tebow. but tebow is big and can take the abuse. i can see him as a kick/punt returner. or a 3rd down back like a darren sproles. i just hope he wins us a BIG 10 championship.
Harold Camping is better at predicting the end of the world than Kiper is at predicting these things. Let's see Denard play his Sr. season first.
Does anyone actually know if Denard can do that thing where receivers reach out to those balls flying in the air and grab them? I might have heard somewhere that that's an important thing for a receiver to do.
Denard Robibson is going to fall in line with a whole line of others that have played qb in college and made great 'playmakers' at the next level . . . get him in space or out on the edge! BOOM!
Yeah. So many of Denard's big throws have been, let's face it, jump-ball prayers. Obviously, there's a skill to that. Up to a point. It will be interesting to see which way the wind blows when Junior isn't around to make miracle catches.
Millen would draft him
Robert Woods called and wants his 2012 Biletnikoff Award back. You can keep the O'Brien though.
Good for Denard. He's going to make a lot of money in the NFL.
I could see him being a first round pick. He's definitely got value as a kick returner and he could line up in the backfield as a rb, as a wildcat qb. He is going to be a great NFL player however he plays.
Has anyone actually ever doubled checked all of these so-called draft niks and signing board experts? I suspect they'll turn out pretty much like the so-called football gambling experts who offer their "lock of the century this week" and end up fifty/fifty about their predictions. Just look at the rosters of the NFL teams which played last week: Tim Tebow was a hugely rated and recruited high school football player and he fulfilled that promise in college and made it to start as a pro - a statistically improbable event for most high school players, even all stars. Tom Brady was almost a transfer. Joe Placco ended up at Delaware and not one of the other bigger name places which he had an interest in. Alex Smith for all of his hype coming out of college was a regular on the biggest NFL busts until he finally met a coaching staff which could work with what he had.
I hope all of the UM players who want a pro career find a place and do well - whether as a superstar QB or as special teams regular. For those whose pro dreams don't work out, I hope that their UM days and degree will help them become productive members of society.
Huge compliment because it's clear he's not an nfl qb and we l knew he was being projected as a wr/kr/pr wildcat qb etc so what's the problem?........other than can be catch lol. And by the way I love Mel benn watching him rate draft picks since I was a kid so I'm going with his opinion
So if you're Denard, do you go to Coach Hoke and ask to get reps at WR, maybe look for a Percy Harvin role?
I wouldn't put anything past this guy succeeding at any position in the NFL
I think Denard could be a top bobsledder. Why not?
I think Denard could play a similar role like josh cribbs
...and to be fair, I would like to see his senior season first, but it is nice to see that Dilithium is at least highly thought of as an athlete by the traditional NFL draft pundits.
As for being a WR in the NFL, it's hard to say because we're trying to infer his capability at the position based on his athleticism and his performance as a QB. I don't know if that necessarily translates to being one of the top receivers in the draft. A team would be taking a bit of a risk, I think, in drafting him as their go-to WR just based on that. I could definitely see him in a specialist or situational role in that regard though (KR, option plays, etc..), at least based on three years of watching him play.
Regardless, I think he'll make it in some capacity and I would wish him nothing but success wherever he went. He's been a pleasure to watch at the Big House.
I would love to see Denard in the NFL at any position. I think he's earned it. However, unless he wins a super bowl with an heroic catch in the endzone to clinch the win (not ruling it out) his legacy in my mind will always be dilithium-infused super quarterback of the Michigan Wolverines. Hard to see anything changing that.