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Denard Robinson an Intriguing Option for Detroit Lions as Speed Specialist

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:07 PM
By Max DeMara

While watching college football for the last four years, strangely, my warped mind hadn't even had this particularly disturbing, yet completely appropriate thought.

If Antwaan Randle El and Devin Hester managed to have a child together (metaphorically speaking with football overtones, of course) Denard Robinson would be the result. Like Randle El, he can run while throwing the ball well enough to be considered a passing threat. As far as speed and open field moves are concerned, Robinson might be the closest thing to Hester since, well, Hester. 

What have the Detroit Lions needed the last few years? Anything different which could give them a leg up on special teams, of course. Offensively, a player with Robinson's unique blend of speed and passing ability might also come in handy, adding some unpredictability to an offense which tended to bog down near the red zone in 2012. Providing he can consistently catch (and Jim Schwartz is wondering that, too) Robinson could prove to operate at just the speed the Lions need.

Think of the creative plays Scott Linehan could draw up with Robinson at his disposal. There would likely be plenty of reverses, wildcat looks and perhaps even gadget plays involving deeper passes. It could be an incredible asset for an already potent offense. On special teams, Robinson could be just the game changer the Lions needed. With his vision and speed, he'd be a constant threat to score touchdowns and change the momentum in games. No longer should anybody in Michigan be concerned about his ability to throw the deep ball. Matthew Stafford is paid the big bucks to do that.

Hopefully, the Lions do their homework on Robinson this week while in Mobile. Obviously, as of now, he's not going to command a high draft pick, so keep your eyes on him from now through April. Given all the exceptional intangibles he'd bring to the table, selecting him later might not prove to be wasting an asset at all.

Especially if he plays with half the talent you'd expect the love child between Randle El and Hester would.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on his personal Twitter account @SportsGuyTheMax or on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Antwaan Randle El, Denard Robinson, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Devin Hester, Football, Jim Schwartz, Matthew Stafford, NFL, Scott Linehan

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