Dominique Robinson says Chase Young was big reason why he switched to defense

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Chicago Bears fourth-round pick Dominique Robinson doesn’t have a long resume as a pass-rusher. He isn’t entering the NFL with a graveyard of quarterback sacks left behind. In fact, he only has one full season of experience on defense, and his projection as an NFL edge rusher is just that… a projection.

But some projections are safer than others. Robinson did have 4.5 sacks in 2021 and he fared well at the Senior Bowl despite his inexperience.

“I would say there is some rawness to him, but this kid can rush the passer,” Bears area scout Brendan Rehor said last month. “I think he showed this at the Senior Bowl. That was really where he made, I thought, his biggest step where he [showed he] belonged.”

For Robinson, the lightbulb went on while watching Washington Commanders’ star defender, Chase Young, during the 2019 college football season.

‘‘So that was in the back of my head, and I’m going through the 2019 season at wide receiver — it wasn’t going my way,’’ Robinson said Saturday. ‘‘I love watching college football, so I’m watching Chase Young just run around people. So I’m like, ‘Man, if I can’t do that, there’s something wrong with me.’ That’s what kind of pushed me to that.’’

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