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Bears draft LB Dominique Robinson (Miami-OH) 174th overall


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Robinson was a productive quarterback at Canton McKinley High School in Ohio, but signed as a receiver for the RedHawks. He played in seven games as a reserve as a true freshman in 2017 and scored four touchdowns on just 13 receptions (156 yards, 12.0 per) in 12 games with five starts in 2018. Robinson started eight of 14 games played in 2019 (14-296-21.1) before making the move to defense. The team's 2020 season was shortened due to COVID-19, but he showed glimpses of talent as a pass rusher (nine tackles, 2.5 for loss with two sacks). Though Robinson did not start in 2021, MAC coaches appreciated his blossoming talent enough to vote him third-team all-conference (29 tackles, 8.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks in 12 games). -- by Chad Reuter


Wideout turned quarterback hunter with the bricks and mortar needed to build an impactful career as a 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 rush end. Robinson frequently flashes despite his relative inexperience at the position. He's quick off the snap, using plus fluidity, athleticism and bend to trim the edge and assail the pocket. However, he needs additional moves and counters before he's ready to beat pro tackles. He must get stronger and more technically sound in run support. Aligning as a stand-up rush linebacker might help expand his range as a playmaker in space. Robinson projects as an unpolished gem with a high ceiling and stable floor.


Former wideout with explosive athleticism off the edge.

Play is more natural than expected given his experience.

Races out of stance with immediate upfield threat.

Unveiled effective two-hand swipe against Central Michigan.

Sudden change of direction torments less athletic pass-setters.

Bends, flattens and bursts to snare the sack.

Fluid in space to hound scramblers or cover tight ends.

Hard for blockers to keep him centered up and sustained.

Covers serious ground and rallies to the football versus the run.

Knifes through B-gap to disrupt play flow on slants.

Can halt run play with unblocked, backside crash.


NFL competition could stall scheduled growth along the edge.

Must learn to stack blocks and maintain run fits.

Leans way out past his feet and into blocks.

Downhill rushing attacks will be an early challenge for him.

Doesn't use hands early on in his rush to open pathways.

Limited go-to moves and counters at this stage.

Continues to race beyond the quarterback's drop depth.

Lacks broad base to play through strong punch.



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First an FCS OT and now a MAC DE.  Poles is shopping hard today.

I like what I read about this guy.  Very inexperienced yet he's got some nice physical traits and a year of nice stats as a sub package Edge Rusher.  Until they can help him add some weight he's probably gonna be little more than a sub package NFL pro too.

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The guy carried a 3rd round grade from Dane Brugler so getting him late in Round 5 has to be looked at as a good value pick.

Would have liked to have seen more OL but not having a 4th round pick hurt us there and at WR as well.  It's an OK 3rd Day so far but we're way beyond the point where we should be expecting any immediate starters now.  Round 2 took care of that for two positions and Round 3 got us a weapon type versatile player with great speed.  Not what we expected but not all that bad either.

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I really can't fault this pick as long as Poles and more importantly Flus and his staff understand what Robinson is and can become...do not try and make him an every down end...have him purely as a designated pass rusher who will only be asked to use his rare athletic traits to get after the QB.

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