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

Brian Kotloff
Saturday April 27th, 2013

(Diamond Images) 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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