Chip Kelly Meets With Denard Robinson

Chip Kelly is big on speed,  and Denard Robinson is world-class in that category.

It comes as no surprise, then, that Kelly tried to get Robinson to come to Oregon out of high school. Robinson chose Michigan instead, something Kelly reminded him of when the two sat down for a meeting this week at the Senior Bowl.

“I talked to Chip. I talked to him for a while,” said Robinson. “It was good. He told me he came down to Deerfield Beach to recruit me. He was like, ‘I wish you would have came [to Oregon].’ But it all worked out.”

Robinson became a national star and a Heisman candidate as quarterback of the Wolverines. He is now transitioning to wide receiver in an attempt to find a home on the next level.

Here  is‘s overview of the 5-11, 195-pound Robinson:

The star dual-purpose quarterback has proven to be too erratic a passer to follow Seneca Wallace’s path to the pros. However, he Robinson could work himself into a slot receiver or hybrid running back/receiver and return specialist role due to his elite straight-line speed and elusiveness in the open field –- though no one knows as of yet whether he is capable of catching an NFL ball consistently. He’s at his best with the ball in his hands, though, and most of his time at Michigan has been spent in a quasi-running back role. If he wants to make the transition, and shows strong hands in workouts, the sky is the limit on his draft stock, and he could go as early as the second round.

Robinson suffered an injury to his throwing arm this past season. To keep his talents on the field, Michigan deployed him as a running back. Robinson finished with 1,319 yards rushing (though a good chunk of that came when he was still the QB) and three catches for 31 yards.

“How many quarterbacks get the chance to go out there and play a little bit after they hurt their throwing arm? I was fortunate,” he said. “God blessed me with a talent where I can keep going, and I am going to use it.

“Everything happens for a reason. I think it was a blessing that it happened for me. I had an opportunity where I could get back and run a little bit, and I’m quick enough to play receiver so I took it and ran with it. That’s what I want to do now.”

Robinson is hoping to find a niche as a receiver/returner in the NFL. Boasting 4.3-40 speed, he is sure to draw some interest come April. Will Kelly have an eye on the former high school track star?

There are crazier theories out there.

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  • 85

    His pure speed is definitely interesting, especially in the return game, where it seems like it’s been forever since we’ve had that (DeSean’s bi-annual punt returns notwithstanding). That said, it feels like his skill set as a receiver is a little bit redundant on this team. Jackson and Maclin are far more finished products, and Robinson certainly doesn’t bring size to the equation. I trust that Chip has a plan and that it may be something different than what everybody else is doing, but I don’t think I see the fit.

  • UKEagle99

    Drafting pure speed hasn’t worked out that well for the Raiders…

    • bentheimmigrant

      I assume they’re not considering using our #4 pick on him…

  • The Guru

    I have no idea where he’s projected to go, but if it’s rounds 5-7, I’d definitely take a flier on him to be my KR and PR so that I never have to watch Demarius Johnson step on the field again to fair catch a ball at the 4.

    • 1972

      why do these return guys never pan out for us? demarius was great in the return game at tulsa. i dont get it

      • The Guru

        Because they’re absolute midgets. Look at Jones from Baltimore and Ted Ginn from SF….

        • 1972

          sproles is a midget. they just dont have talent. we miss every year on a returner

          • The Guru

            True….then again, Welker does it for NE and Ed Reed was back there for BAL…how about DeSean gets back there and EARNS his money?

  • Mitchell Binkley

    The guy definitely has some athleticism so if the price is right why not draft him. However I was reading some scouting notes on him and he did not look comfortable as a return man. I guess that is too be expected cause it was his first time though ….

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    Draft him as a return specialist receiver? Ya maybe late in the draft but as a receiver I dont see him even matching up to a Davone Bess

  • bentheimmigrant

    From the write-up: “the sky is the limit on his draft stock, and he could go as early as the second round.”… Do they actually read what they’re writing, or did they just need to hit their daily cliche quota?

  • 1972

    sproles, randle el type?Whens the last time we had a dominant kick return game? brian mitchell??? i thought boykin would be better than he was.DAvid Wilson definitely out played him as a rookie. i thought he would return at least one for a td

  • Johnathan Birks

    If he were 100% healthy I’d be real interested in Denard as a return guy and perhaps even spot WR/RB for trickeration plays. But nerve stuff worries me; there’s no guarantee he ever completely recovers, or if he does isn’t more susceptible to re-injury. Late-round pick or not at all.

  • Dutch

    Running Back, Michigan used this kid where they could and that was at QB, but my opinion as a QB has prepared him to read and react as a running back. Give him a crease and he’s gone. Speed kills, especially in the open field and, with Shady he’s in no hurry to have to develop playing in Philly. Key would be can he block but he’s as big as a receiver as the Eagles have with the Exception of Cooper.



    • Anon

      That was the RB Vincent Smith who got clobbered by Clowney.