PFF liked Chicago’s day three selection of Miami (OH) edge rusher Dominique Robinson (No. 174 overall), calling it one of the biggest day three steals in the draft.
They specifically love his athleticism and potential as an elite pass rusher.
Robinson ranked 81st on the PFF big board not because of what he is right now, but because of what he can be. The 6-foot-5, 253-pound Miami (OH) product converted from wide receiver to the edge a couple of years ago and has rushed the passer just 314 times in his career. He is undoubtedly a raw player, and his production shows that with just 32 pressures a 68.1 pass-rush grade, but his traits give him a high ceiling. Robinson is an electrifying athlete, evidenced by his 41-inch vertical and 4.19-second shuttle time.
This truly was a tremendous selection by general manager Ryan Poles and the Bears’ front office.
Poles wants to build this team around the defense. He wants a tough, hard-nosed team that opponents dread playing.
Taking a high-upside player like Robinson on day three of the draft is a great move. If he doesn’t pan out, it’s not that big of a deal — teams miss on late-round picks all the time. But if he works out, then Chicago has a cheap pass rusher for the next few years, which will allow the franchise to spend money in other areas (like the offense, where it’s much-needed).
Watching Poles engineer this rebuild has been incredibly fascinating. He’s taking an approach that will require patience from fans. But it’s a solid plan that should end with the Bears finding a lot of success.
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