Chicago Bears Pick No. 174: Dominique Robinson, EDGE
As far as roads the NFL go, few are as interesting and complicated as Dominique Robinson’s. Initially recruited as a quarterback, Robinson switched to wide receiver at Miami (OH) before eventually setting his sights on the defensive line. Robinson recorded 6.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in his two years on defense. Despite this modest production, Poles and the Bears were compelled enough by Robinson’s athleticism to take him in the fifth round.
Robinson wasted no time making a name for himself, registering two sacks in the Bears’ Week 1 victory over San Francisco. Through three games, Robinson had a team-high three sacks and was looking like one of the steals of the draft.
From that point on, Robinson was nothing more than a footnote. Although he appeared in all 17 games, his presence went largely unnoticed. As one might expect, a player who hadn’t even played in the defensive side of the ball until his second to last year of college football is far from a finished product.
Robinson has the bend and size to be a formidable edge rusher in this league, but whether or not he can develop the skill or technique remains to be seen.