One was the record-setting, dynamic, playmaking quarterback of the winningest team in college football history and the other was primarily an underachieving defensive tackle during his time at Michigan. Both were uncertain of their future prior to the beginning of the 2013 NFL Draft and before it ended on Saturday, both were given opportunities to play on.
Denard Robinson was selected 135th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 5th round and will now return home to play professional ball in the state of which he was born. The Deerfield Beach, Florida native Robinson was announced as a running back when his name was called so it looks like the the Jaguars took Robinson on face value when he declared he would do “whatever it takes” to get on the field and play.
Denard is no stranger to running the ball for positive yards as during his time leading the Wolverines he set multiple team and conference records including the Wolverine total-offense record in the 2010 season when he put up 4272 combined yards with 1702 of them coming on the ground. For his career, Denard compiled 4495 yards rushing on 723 attempts with just over 6-yards-per-carry and 42 touchdowns. Pretty impressive for a quarterback. Heck, pretty impressive for a starting running back as well for that matter.
But being a quarterback that runs is much different than being a natural running back that runs. The level of punishment Robinson’s body will take in his new role will certainly be a new experience for him. And even the Jaguars themselves have acknowledged he is a work in progress. But should Robinson excel with his new opportunity, then look out NFL.
Will Campbell on the other hand is a 6-foot-5, 312-pound defensive lineman who looks to also be switching responsibilities in the NFL as a member of the New York Jets who selected him 178th overall in the 6th round.
According to reports, when the Jets had Campbell in for a private workout prior to the draft they worked him as an offensive guard, a position Campbell played for three season in high school.
But although Campbell has size on his side, the one knock on him during his time at Michigan was his ability to be consistent. Was it possible that Campbell’s true position was a offensive guard and that he never really accepted being switch to defensive tackle by former Wolverine coach Rich Rodriguez so early into his college career at Michigan?
For his career Campbell finished with 66 total tackles and 3 sacks.
Un-drafted Free Agents
Although only two Wolverines were selected as part of the 2013 NFL Draft, there were many others that indicated they signed free agent contracts soon after its completion.
- Defensive lineman Craig Roh signed with the Carolina Panthers.
- Offensive linemen Elliott Mealer signed with the New Orleans Saints.
- Receiver Roy Roundtree signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Safety Jordan Kovacs signed with the Miami Dolphins.
- Offensive lineman Patrick Omameh signed with the 49ers.
- Linebacker Kenny Demens signed with the Houston Texans.
- Offensive lineman Ricky Barnum signed with the Washington Redskins.
(Original list compiled by Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News.)