ANN ARBOR - Denard Robinson hasn't talked about his future, post-Michigan, much or at all this season. But that hasn't stopped the pundits from doing so.
On a conference call this morning, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said that Robinson's NFL draft stock hasn't changed, though he still doesn't project Robinson as an NFL quarterback. Instead, McShay said, he sees Robinson moving to wide receiver or an "offensive weapon-type role" and projects that Robinson will be selected during the first two days of the 2013 draft.
"The problem is you can't see him basically do anything or execute any of those skills at the wide receiver position now," McShay said. 'So I think a lot of where he gets drafted or whether he's able to move up a little bit or down a little bit and what he shows really will have to do with the pre-draft process. Getting to a Senior Bowl, returning punts, showing that he can do those things, running routes, his crispness getting in and out of breaks, and the skill that it takes to be a good wide receiver."
Robinson's value, McShay said, comes in the fact that he has the tools to make the transition to playing a different position at the NFL level.
"I think ultimately you're going to see that he's too quick and too fast and too explosive to get out of the second day of the draft. I'll be surprised if we get to day three and he's still available. I just think he's such an explosive weapon that, especially in the offenses today in the NFL, there are just so many different ways to use a guy like Denard Robinson that I just think he's got a lot of value in that regard."
On a side note: For what it's worth - and it most likely won't happen - the Winnipeg (Manitoba) Sun reported last month that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had Robinson on their negotiation list (aka their wish list), meaning that the Blue Bombers would have first dibs on negotiating on a contract with Robinson if he opted to go to the CFL instead of the NFL.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated projected another Wolverine as a can't-miss draft prospect. In SI's latest draft analysis following Week Seven of college football, Tony Pauline charts Lewan as the first offensive tackle selected in the 2013 draft - if the redshirt junior decides to enter it. Lewan's strengths as an NFL-caliber linemen: pass protection and mobility.