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Denard Robinson impresses with a 4.34

Denard Robinson, Will Davis AP

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson took a good first step in proving he can do something else.

Robinson just ran an unofficial 4.34-second 40 on his first attempt at the NFL Scouting Combine.

He’s been struggling with a hand problem, which will give him a built-in excuse if he doesn’t catch well. But his speed and his college production (the most rushing yards ever by a quarterback at the FBS level) will make him an intriguing prospect.

The biggest question is what to do with him. He’s worked as a receiver and a return man, but he’s obviously still very raw, and will need time to develop.

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15 Responses to “Denard Robinson impresses with a 4.34”
  1. blitzinc43 says: Feb 24, 2013 11:57 AM

    Denard “Brad Smith” Robinson

  2. alchemistcirca1979 says: Feb 24, 2013 12:03 PM

    lets see if he can catch the ball and run some routes!

  3. katopete16 says: Feb 24, 2013 12:31 PM

    Perhaps the next coming or Antwan Randle-El???

  4. steelerdeathstar says: Feb 24, 2013 12:34 PM

    Potential Randle-El type. The Steelers could be interested, but likely would not use their 2-nd round pick on him.

  5. barnesaintnoble says: Feb 24, 2013 12:43 PM

    I see philly in his future.

  6. tommyribs says: Feb 24, 2013 12:44 PM

    Definitely worth a 4th round pick, maybe even a 3rd rounder.

    JETs could use him. They never successfully replaced Brad Smith.

  7. micknangold says: Feb 24, 2013 1:32 PM

    If he fills out a little bit he could be a running back. He’s already 5′ 11 (might be a little generous) 197 lbs. Just needs some time to put on some lower-body weight.

  8. profootballwalk says: Feb 24, 2013 1:33 PM

    Randle El? First he has to prove he can be Julian Edelman.

  9. tavia47 says: Feb 24, 2013 1:33 PM

    So far so good”

  10. ezwriter69 says: Feb 24, 2013 2:13 PM

    Wait a minute, he said last year that he was faster than Usain Bolt! What happened, did he fall down and have to get back up? I’m pretty sure Usain can run faster than 4.34… backwards.

  11. medialovesthecowboys says: Feb 24, 2013 2:50 PM

    Guy will flame out on the Lions in 2 years.

  12. blackngold4life says: Feb 24, 2013 4:20 PM

    I love ShoeLace! but he had fumble issues @ Michigan..and that’s a NO NO in the NFL at any position. I see him goin 5th or 6th Maybe Detroit Philly or Pittsburgh.

  13. nathanbetz91 says: Feb 24, 2013 4:29 PM

    That’s the problem with denard. He’s an amazing athlete but where would he fit? maybe Philly with chip Kelly?

  14. mazblast says: Feb 24, 2013 8:38 PM

    One thing I’d like to see all these fast, comparatively skinny guys do is BLOCK. Run, run routes, catch, of course, but a WR who also can be a positive in the running game is that much more valuable. No one ever said Hines Ward was the best WR in the league, but no wideout could support the running game like he did.

  15. amargosamountain says: Feb 25, 2013 5:51 PM

    3rd string developmental QB in Washington? Cousins is solid, but won’t be around in three years. Maybe by then Robinson can make the roster as a #2

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