Ex-Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson: I'm not an NFL risk
And what's up with that elbow, which after nearly four months still is only about 60 percent recovered and could require surgery?
Robinson is one of the most intriguing prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine because so little is known about him. He's perceived as a classic gamble pick, because there is risk in taking him, but his athleticism could pay huge dividends.
"A lot of people gamble, don't you think? I think I'd be a pretty sure bet," Robinson said Saturday during a news conference at Lucas Oil Stadium. "If a team takes a risk with me, I think it's not a bad risk.
"Anybody who watches film of me, they know I can make plays, and they know I won't be a risk when I get the ball in my hands."
Robinson said he remains intent on playing receiver, a decision he arrived at by asking NFL teams to project his best position. During combine interviews, he's heard there is some interest in him as a change-of-pace back as well.
There's been no interest in him at quarterback, cornerback or full-time tailback, he said.
Robinson's draft hopes are pinned to receiver, it seems, and he will try to suppress doubts about his ability there when he takes the field for positional drills Sunday.
"I went back to Ann Arbor (after the Senior Bowl) and did a lot of catching," he said. "Hopefully I show up and show them I can catch the rock."
Robinson said he also has worked dutifully on his punt and kick returns, after having major problems there during the Senior Bowl. He has shagged balls from Ball State punter Scott Kovanda, who will also punt for Michigan's pro day March 14.
He is feeling more natural tracking punts and kicks, he said, after misjudging several at the Senior Bowl. If that's true, and he can show that at the Wolverines' pro day, it would go a long way toward solidifying his stock.
"I don't think I'm a big risk," Robinson said. "I think I can go out there and make plays. Anybody who watches film on me, they know I can make plays and they know I won't be a risk when get the ball in my hands."
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