3 Players in the Cotton Bowl who could be Chicago Bears after the 2024 NFL Draft

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Darius Robinson, DL, Missouri, No. 6

Despite having injuries seriously impact two of his last three seasons, Mizzou's Darius Robinson is one of the most respected defensive linemen, not just in his conference, but across the nation. Over the last two seasons, Robinson has racked up an impressive 11 sacks from the defensive tackle spot, including 7.5 in 2023 alone.

Robinson is not just solid against the pass, as he managed 41 total tackles and 12 tackles for loss throughout the season as well. At 6'5", 295 lbs, Robinson might be forced to put on some more weight at the next level, but his relative slenderness aids his athleticism and speed at the position.

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Despite solid collegiate production, Robinson might not be a day-one starter in the NFL regardless of where he is drafted. Even so, there are a lot of traits that indicate that he can take the next step, and his track record thus far is very respectable. A team like the Bears, who need to fill out their defensive tackle rotation, might be a good spot for Robinson, who could benefit from an increased number of snaps early in his career. The team invested heavily in this position last year, but it might make sense to continue to improve along the line of scrimmage.