Chop Robinson Scouting Report
By Charlie Campbell
- Extremely athletic
- Dangerous pass rusher on the edge
- Speed to turn the corner
- Very bendy
- Excellent agility
- Can sink his hips and dip low under blockers
- Closes in a hurry
- Excellent pursuit skills
- Run-and-chase defender
- Natural in space
- Makes big plays in the backfield
- Natural quarterback hunter
- Good character
- Lacks height, length, weight for a NFL edge defender
- Weak in run defense
- Teams will run at him
- Could be limited to being a designated pass rusher only
Coming out of high school, Robinson was a top recruit who landed at Maryland. As a freshman in 2021, he recorded 19 tackles and two sacks. He then transferred to Penn State and flashed a serious ability to make plays in the backfield. In 2022, he recorded 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, two passes batted, one forced fumble and 26 tackles. During 2023, Robinson missed time with a leg injury, played in only seven games. He totaled 15 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes batted over those contests.
There is no doubt Robinson is a dangerous pass rusher off the edge. He is fast with a quick first-step to get upfield and the ability to accelerate around the corner. To go along with his being fast, Robinson is very bendy with no hint of stiffness. He can get low to duck underneath tackles, as he is very athletic, showing the skills to sink his hips and redirect. Given his speed and fluidity, offensive tackles are in trouble when there is space for Robinson to work with because he adept at dodging blockers. As a pro, Robinson could be a dangerous edge rusher and quarterback hunter thanks to possessing the sheer speed to blow by tackles around the corner.
While Robinson is an effective rusher, he faces problem for run defense at the NFL. Robinson is undersized, so he lacks the height and weight to be a pro edge defender. In the ground game, Robinson can get covered up and pushed around. He also is not very physical as a defender and needs to get stronger for taking on pro offensive linemen.
In the NFL, Robinson will probably start out as a DPR – designated pass rusher. To become a three-down starter, he is going to have to get much tougher at defending the run. In obvious passing situations, Robinson could be a nice contributing edge rusher to put pressure on the quarterback.
Robinson looks like a potential second-day pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Dee Ford. Team sources have said Robinson is similar to Ford, but Robinson is more athletic. Ford notched a couple of double-digit sack seasons for the Chiefs after being a first-round pick. If Robinson pans out in the NFL, he could be an edge rusher similar to Ford.