Originally Posted by patman
Robinson in the 4th, why? The guy has not shown that he can play WR and you want to use a "top 100" pick on him?
I'm starting to be intrigued by the idea of drafting Robinson if he is available in the 4th or later to play RB. While he may be a project as WR, I think his best chance to contribute right away and probably long term is at running back, situational at first and more later.
There's a lot of nuance with playing WR whereas running back is very instinctual. He's proven he has those instincts. You'd be hard pressed to find a running back prospect with better highlights running the ball. He had 723 carries at Michigan that's comparable or more carries than most of the RBs in this draft. Conversely, he only had 3 receptions in his collegiate career. He's also played 3 games at RB compared to 0 games or snaps at WR. The 3 games at RB were his last 3 games where he played RB because of his elbow injury. In those games against Iowa, Ohio St and South Carolina he carried the ball 36 times for 320 yards (98, 122 and 100 respectively) averaging just under 9 yards a carry. At 5-10 199, he has enough size. In comparison Chris Johnson at the combine was 5-11 197 and is now playing at 191. Robinson also has the built. Though he has room to get stronger in the upper body, he has the thick thighs and calves you like to see in a running back prospect. Note it's much easier to add weight to the upper body than it is to the lower body.
Here is great article by rotoworld breaking down why Denard's best position is likely at RB and not WR: