Stoosh wrote:One thing that drives me insane is this talk from some of these Steeler fans about taking Michael Robinson to replace Randle-El. What a crock.
First off, Robinson right now projects as a RB more than anything else. In fact, I've heard some reports - particularly some of the discussion on NFL Network during the combine - that Robinson's got more of a chance of being a QB in the NFL than he does a WR. So let's recap...we've got a guy who was a QB and WR in college, but scouts are saying his best chance at a future in the NFL is at a position he never played in college. That doesn't sound like a guy who I want to spend a draft pick on to play WR.
A few things some of these dolts need to remember...
1) Just because someone played both WR and QB in college doesn't mean they can do it in the pros.
2) Randle-El was drafted exclusively as a wide receiver and the gadget role evolved from there. The team DID NOT draft him with the trick play role in mind - at least, it wasn't any of the primary reasons they drafted him.
3) If you're in the business of spending a draft pick on a player to specifically fill a gadget play role, do me a favor and join my fantasy football league.
4) I'll indulge these people for a minute. Look at Robinson's body type and his mobility and then project that into the slot-receiver role that Randle-El played. The one thing that made Randle-El a solid slot receiver was his quickness and agility. That kind of quickness and agility exists in people who are 5'7", 170 like Randle-El was. It's not the same kind of quickness that a guy who goes 6'1", 225 has.
In other words, Robinson would get lit up like friggin' Christmas tree. That would be like asking Warrick Dunn to come to Pittsburgh to take over Jerome Bettis's role.
Let me first say that it is not going to be hard for the Steelers to replace Randle El at WR. In case anyone has forgotten El caught 35 passes and 1 touchdown over 16 games last year. To be fair he did catch a TD pass against Indy in the playoffs so I will give him credit for two. No one should be impressed.
Randle El was drafted as an athelete the same way someone will draft MRob. No one knew what kind of reciever El would make in the NFL but they knew he was very athletic and could do a lot of things on the football field. This is why someone will draft MRob. MRob is fast, he also will not get beat up by CB's a la Randle El and if he can run a route at all that puts him on par with El's route running. El made a living juking 3rd string CB's within two yards of the line of scrimmage with Plax and Ward drawing all the attention.
I am not saying though that I think MRob will make a great NFL reciever or anything, I honestly have no idea because his sample size at the position is so small. I understand his desire to stay at QB but anyone who thinks he has more of a future at QB than WR/RB belongs on the cartoon network not the NFL network.