Posted April 27, 2013

Jaguars pick Denard Robinson as running back in NFL Draft’s fifth round

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Denard Robinson rushed for 4,495 yards and 42 touchdowns during his four-year Michigan career.(Diamond Images)

Denard Robinson amassed 4,495 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns as a quarterback at Michigan during his four-year NCAA career.

Now, he will attempt to make the transformation into a full-time running back after being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the second pick (135th overall) in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.

The Jaguars announced Robinson, 5-foot-11 and 199 pounds, as a running back, though many have speculated that he could wind up at wide receiver.

The Deerfield Beach, Fla., native caught just three passes in his collegiate career and never returned a kick, as Big Ten Network’s Tom Dienhart wrote, but ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

Despite passing for 6,250 yards and 49 touchdowns at Michigan, Robinson is not viewed as a quarterback prospect because of his lack of size and arm strength.

Instead, he will join running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Justin Forsett in the Jacksonville backfield.


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