Chop Robinson NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Penn State Defensive End Chop Robinson - 2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report

 

Name: Chop Robinson

School: Penn State

Year: Junior

Position: Defensive End

Measurables: 6’2 ⅔”, 247 lbs. (Combine Measurements)

Combine: ARM: 32 ½”. HAND: 9.125”. VERTICAL: 34.5”. BROAD: 10’8”. 40-YD DASH: 4.48. 10-YD SPLIT: 1.53. 20-YD SHUTTLE: 4.25

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Courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

 

General Info:

A Maryland native, Robinson attended Quince Orchard High School, before committing to the University of Maryland to play his college ball.

Coming out of high school Robinson was a consensus four-star recruit, ranked by 247Sports, ESPN, On3 and Rivals. He was ranked as the top player in his state and the number 35 prospect in the nation by ESPN.

He played just one season for the Terrapins, appearing in 13 games, with one start, notching two sacks, nine quarterback hurries and 14 tackles. Robinson was named as an ESPN Mid season True Freshman All-American during his lone campaign with Maryland.

After transferring to Penn State in 2022, Robinson appeared in 12 games during his first season, but did not start. He tallied five sacks, 34 pressures and 16 tackles on the way to an All-Big Ten honorable mention and a being named to the Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten second team.

Robinson took on a larger role in the defense the following year, starting all ten games he played in, managing three sacks, 18 hurries and ten tackles. He earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2023.

Born Demeioun Robinson, “Chop” has seven siblings. He was given the nickname “Pork Chop” at birth, later shortening it.

 

Positional Skills:

Strengths

First things first, Robinson has a wicked first step and absolutely explodes off the snap. He has real juice and the athleticism he shows on tape was backed up by his performance at the scouting combine.

The Nittany Lion achieved a 9.72 Relative Athletic   Score (RAS) out of a possible 10, including an ‘elite’ speed score and a ‘great’ explosion score. Once Chop engages with the offensive tackle, he has multiple ways to use that athleticism to win.

Robinson converts speed to power and knocks opponents back on contact. When rushing from the interior, he shows the ability to bull rush linemen into the quarterback, and his tenacity and strength makes it difficult for double teams to stop him generating push or squeezing his way through.

He has the speed to get around the edge and the quickness to beat guards inside, as well as a couple of ways to win with his hands. Robinson can swipe a tackle’s hands away as he attacks the corner, and can be effective with a rip move.

The explosiveness Robinson possesses makes him dangerous on stunts, starting inside and getting around the corner, and he has the bend to get back to the quarterback.

Against the run, Robinson has shown he is capable of setting the edge and doing his part. He plays with a relentless effort which is fun to watch.

Weaknesses

The biggest knock on Robinson is his lack of production. Ten sacks in his two seasons with Penn State is nothing to shout about. Sometimes he can struggle to finish, and while the bend is there, there are instances where he is close but cannot quite make the play.

He still needs to develop more ways to consistently win with his hands, rather than just relying on his athleticism.

On the run defense side, the absence of production is again a criticism that can be levied at Robinson. He only had 26 tackles in two years at Penn State, and while the effort is there, he needs to find the ball and make more of an impact.

Part of the issue is his tendency to rush upfield, which can leave rushing lanes open. The other problem is his size. He is a smaller defensive end, and received a ‘poor’ RAS grade for size.

 

Fit with the Packers:

Overall, Robinson is an electric edge rusher with a great blend of juice, speed, power and effort. Teams can always use more of those, and he would bring something different to Green Bay’s defense.

Whether he actually fits what the Packers like at the EDGE position is a different matter. He is shorter than any pass rusher Brian Gutekunst has drafted, but is taller than Nick Perry, who Ted Thompson picked in the first round.

Would Gutekunst spend a first round pick on a pass rusher two years in a row? He will probably have to in order to get Robinson, and it seems unlikely that he would do that, even with Preston Smith’s future beyond 2024 in question and Kingsley Enagbare recovering from an ACL injury.

It would be quite a surprise if the Packers picked Robinson, but a pleasant one.

 

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Mark Oldacres is a sports writer from Birmingham, England and a Green Bay Packers fan. You can follow him on twitter at @MarkOldacres

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splitpea1's picture

April 19, 2024 at 07:56 pm

No, not a pleasant surprise--I think a lot of fans would be scratching their heads. We have too many actual needs to be seriously considering him, and we already have plenty of talent to fill the position unless injuries to multiple players occur. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of Van Ness regardless of where they line him up.

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April 20, 2024 at 04:27 am

Great minds and all that. He's a RAS star with no production. Been there, bought a ticket and have seen and done that. I won't say it never works because every once in awhile a flower grows out of a cow pie but the odds are so bad it's not worth the gamble. Parcells said it best, of you stick to your profiles you're bound to miss on a good player here and there but as soon as you start making exceptions you're going to start missing a lot more than you would of you don't. But what does Parcells know, all he did was win two SBs with QBs that never sniffed the HOF.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 20, 2024 at 08:48 am

You guys are spot on.
#1- Edge is not a need-OL, LB, S, CB, & RB have been the needs all year.
#2- only 15 tackles in 2023-SERIOUSLY?
#3-I have seen this guy on too many boom or bust lists & not on the good side
#4- 6'2? He is a bad LB

I think Brenton Cox will become a serious contributor this year. And we can draft a developmental Edge with upside later in the draft.

2025 is the draft year that DT and Edge will be the Top 2 priorities. Fix the weaknesses and fill the actual holes we now have in the 2024 draft. GB is so close to having a complete, young, strong team, lets fix the biggest problems and take this team over the hump.

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WD's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:17 am

Yes, it would be very shocking because Edge is not a critical need. However, at least one draft analyst on ESPN indicated Chop was the most underrated player in the draft, He felt Chop would have a better career in the NFL than in college. Two words describe him: explosive, playmaker. Too bad he is not an ILB.....yet. Seems to me the Packers had an edge that switched to ILB or even Middle LB in certain situations. You may have heard of him. Clay Matthews . So yes, I would definitely be pleasantly surprised if by miracle he was still there at 25 . He would be tremendous value there. Moreover, Preston Smith may be in his last year. With the signing of Dillard, OT is no longer a 911. In fact after further review, I would be ecstatic to see Chop Robinson!

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golfpacker1's picture

April 20, 2024 at 11:07 am

Chop Robinson couldn't carry Clay Mathews JOCK. And 15 tackles last year guarantees he wouldn't move to LB. The Clay to LB was actually a great move as he was very productive and still fast enough to be a game wrecker. Van Ness was Prestons draft replacement.

I hope Dillard morphs into a solid backup OT, or maybe OG is better for him. But I sure wouldn't pin all my hopes on a guy that has so far been a bust.

Edge @ #25 wouldn't make the top 5 position groups I would choose. And Chop Robinson is not a first round talent anyway. If he was the only option I would be running to the phone to trade back.

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WD's picture

April 20, 2024 at 12:07 pm

last I checked GP, Clay Mathews isn't in this years draft. You have not done your homework on Chop Robinson. Did you even read the above article by MarkOldacres? Luckily Gute does not base his decisions on the noise from fans that think they know more about it them him. I agree with Markoldacres. It would be a pleasant surprise! We are all entitled to our opinions.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 20, 2024 at 04:59 pm

That's cool WD.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 20, 2024 at 12:40 pm

'''''. Seems to me the Packers had an edge that switched to ILB . ''''

The Packers went through a phase where they drafted OLBs and then converted to ILBs. Brad Jones was probably the best example. We also converted AJ Hawk from an OLB in a 4-3 to an ILB in a 3-4. There were others who never made a dent, and I think they abandoned that strategy.

IF the Packers play their cards right this draft, they could load up an offense that is so loaded we could draft straight defense next year.

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Starrbrite's picture

April 20, 2024 at 02:14 pm

He compares to KJB imo.
Go Packers!!!

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 20, 2024 at 07:51 pm

Now you're talking.

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