The Chicago Bears selected Miami (Ohio) edge rusher Dominique Robinson in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. After trading Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers this offseason, the Bears were expected to address their pass rush in the draft. Robinson fills that need at pick 174.
Here’s what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein said of Robinson in advance of the 2022 NFL Draft:
“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.”
Robinson ended the 2021 season with a career-best 8.5 sacks and was pegged by many draft analysts as a late-day-three prospect. He represents good value for the Bears in round five.
Robinson (6-foo-5, 253 pounds) will join a pass-rush rotation that includes Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson, and Al-Quadin Muhammad. Robinson shouldn’t be overlooked as a legitimate option to contribute right away because of his draft slot. He’ll bring burst and juice off the edge. He has violent intentions as a hitter, too.
Remember: Robinson is a wide receiver convert. He’s still learning the position, which is a scary thought. His ceiling is very high, and this pick earns a solid B because of that.