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Chop Robinson Drafted No. 21 Overall By Miami Dolphins

Former Penn State football defensive end Chop Robinson was drafted No. 21 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Robinson was the second Nittany Lion drafted in the first round this year’s draft after Olu Fashanu was drafted No. 11 overall by the New York Jets. Robinson and Fashanu became the first Penn State duo to be drafted in the first round since Micah Parsons and Odafe Oweh in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The 6’3″, 254-pounder didn’t start his college football career with the Nittany Lions, instead starting his career with Maryland in 2021. He made an immediate impact in College Park as he recorded 19 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks in 13 appearances.

After one year in Maryland, Robinson entered the transfer portal. After two weeks in the portal, he committed to Penn State, which gave the Nittany Lions’ defense a massive boost under former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

In his first year with Penn State, Robinson made a huge leap from his time at Maryland, recording 26 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and two pass breakups in 12 appearances. His best game of that season came in a loss against Michigan when he recorded five total tackles, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup.

Though he missed three games due to a head injury suffered against Ohio State, Robinson still made a significant impact for the Nittany Lions in his junior season. He recorded 15 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and a pass breakup. This earned him a First Team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media.

Instead of coming back for one more season with Penn State, Robinson skipped his senior year and declared for the 2024 NFL Draft. In the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, had a 1.54 10-yard split, jumped a 34.5″ vertical, and recorded a 10’8″ broad jump.

Robinson joins fellow Penn Stater Cam Brown on the Dolphins. He was the fourth edge rusher drafted, behind Laiatu Latu, Dallas Turner, and Jared Verse.

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