In what is becoming the golden age for the mobile quarterback, the New York Jets are showing preliminary interest in Michigan Wolverine speedster Denard Robinson. Fittingly, the Jets brass is down in Mobile, Alabama for Senior Bowl Week with team scouts and front office personnel putting their feelers out in advance of April's NFL draft.
The man nicknamed "Shoelace", because he played football up until age ten with his shoes untied, is now lacing them up with hopes of reaching the next level. Robinson, who is still considering playing under center in the NFL, chose to play wide receiver at the Senior Bowl to increase his draft stock.
Rex Ryan and company spent Monday night meeting with Robinson, who characterized the meeting as a ‘great deal'.
Robinson set a myriad of records in Ann Arbor, holding claim to eight of the school's top total yardage marks for a single game while surpassing West Virginia signal-caller Pat White for the most career rushing yards for a quarterback with 4,495 yards in 47 games played. His athleticism and raw playmaking ability make him an intriguing prospect for a Jets' offense that ranked second-worst in the league last season.
As Gang Green ponders the futures of Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez, it's unclear exactly how the Jets might plan to use the dynamic collegiate gridiron star. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley excelled out of the Wildcat formation late in the season and special teams extraordinaire Joe McKnight is firmly cemented in the kick return role. It's unlikely that the Jets would use a top draft pick on a quarterback-turned-wide receiver unless they're ready to hand him the keys to the offense and give both Sanchez and Tebow the boot out of town.
Last April, New York traded up to the second-round in order to nab Stephen Hill, a raw but promising wideout, who struggled mightily to stay healthy and was plagued by dropped passes during his rookie campaign. While the coaching staff hasn't given up hope on Hill's potential to become a key playmaker, New York has several major holes to fill on offense if it holds out any hope of turning things around in 2013.
With a revamped staff featuring new faces at virtually every position, all signs indicate that the Jets are in extreme makeover mode, football edition.
Gang Green is at a crossroads as it will either try to salvage Sanchez's career or look to the draft and free agency to land a franchise quarterback. As Robinson continues to hone his receiving skills this offseason, fans will get an opportunity to see him showcase his skills at Saturday's Senior Bowl.