Dominique Robinson actually came out of high school as a 6’3″ 210 lb quarterback prospect. He was ranked as the 59th dual threat prospect in the country, per 247Sports Composite. His only offer was from Miami. Since then, he’s switched positions twice and gained 40 lbs and become a terrorizer of quarterbacks in the MAC. Played as a backup almost exclusively on pass rushing downs. The biggest concern with Robinson is his lack of experience on the defensive side, where he played a total of 541 defensive snaps in his career.
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: McKinley (Canton, OH)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7924)
Phil Steele: PS#163
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Has solid speed to make things happen. Can impact the play well off of the stunt, has the quickness to make it work. Moves very well, excellent athlete. Doesn’t offer a lot of lateral speed. Much more of a straight line runner. Good body control. Hip rotation and turning ability is very strong. Very controlled in his approach and can move to counter moves with relative ease.
Very promising first step. Fairly explosive, nothing extraordinary. Tested very well at the Combine, led all defensive ends in the vertical jump category. Decent upper body strength for Robinson, who uses his length well to maintain separation from the tackle. Does get pushed around and man handled when tackles get their hands on him. Doesn’t show a lot of drive and ability to win with his lower body. Not a brute. Has put on 40 pounds while moving from a starting wide receiver to a rotational defensive end.
Pass Rushing Mechanics
Shows some excellent balance. Counters extremely well. Bend is average, but that’s to be expected. Has really improved and started getting lower throughout the season. Has a good dip move to his game as well when he gets the chance to use it. Wants to use his hands, just isn’t nearly as knowledgeable with how to as some of the other prospects in this class. Doesn’t show a lot of hand strength once he’s engaged. Before he’s engaged, very active and can get lucky with a swipe. Hand placement is very raw. Really want to see him start using his hands better to beat linemen with his quickness. His rush is dead once a tackle can get hands on him.
Good tackling ability. Wraps up well and has the strength needed to pull people down. Missed just three tackles in 2021. Plays in space well, especially on the perimeter. Collapses off the edge on the run well. Pursuits to the boundary well too. Excellent motor. Collects effort sacks just by sticking with the play. Pursues the play outside of the quarterback. Fairly consistent motor.
Solid professional. No known off-field issues. No known injury history. Has stayed clean and healthy throughout his collegiate career. Offers considerable upside as he continues to grow into his body and become stronger, and learn to use his hands. Dominique Robinson is projected as a day three target because of his lack of experience on the defensive side of the ball and the rotational role he played in college.
EDGE Rusher: 68