Denard Robinson Should Rethink His Pro Day Priorities

Adam Jacobi@Adam_JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterMarch 8, 2013

Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Denard Robinson makes a catch during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Michigan's annual pro day is coming up on March 16, and it'll be the last great opportunity for Denard Robinson and his fellow seniors to impress pro scouts and try to boost their draft stock.

Repeat: to impress the pro scouts.


We're fixating on that part of it for a reason: It doesn't seem like Denard Robinson is as focused on preparing himself for the pro day as possible. For one, per, he still plans on throwing the football:

“I might throw a little bit, just for a second,” Robinson said Friday during an interview with NFL AM. “Not doing too much drop-backs, just showing them I can throw it still. That’s the only things I’ll do at pro day.”

Michigan's pro day is March 16.

Robinson made it clear he's still full-go on moving to receiver, despite his plans to throw. He's also expected to work out at punt and kick returner during the pro day.

With all due respect, someone's got to tell Robinson that even if his arm were healthy, the scouts aren't showing up to see that. Robinson's not going to impress scouts throwing the ball. He's just not. He threw 747 passes at Michigan, and the consensus from everyone involved in pro football was "please, for the love of god, change positions." 

So it can't really help that while the rest of his teammates—to say nothing of everyone else in the draft—are training eight hours a day to get ready for their pro day, Robinson's top priority appears to be promoting EA's NCAA Football 14, where Robinson's currently embroiled in an oddly even battle with former Texas A&M wideout Ryan Swope to be on the cover of the video game.

Robinson's in an odd spot on this. Clearly, he should be the cover athlete, since nobody's been more of a "that looked like it was straight out of a video game" player than Robinson over the last four years. And if he's not on the cover, it's a travesty. No offense to Ryan Swope on that one, but yeah. A travesty.

At the same time, Robinson's switching positions to receiver, and he hasn't had a great go of it as of yet. He looked better at the combine, but sheesh, at some point he's going to have to look like he's actually a better receiver than, say, unlikely NFL draftee Roy Roundtree.

While we can't knock Robinson for recognizing the importance of promotional earning power in this brave new world he's entering, it also helps one's promotional earning power tremendously to be, you know, good at professional football. Conversely, being bad at professional football hurts that promotional earning power.

So what's Robinson going to work on getting better at more: selling someone else's video games or running routes?