The Chicago Bears switched back to defense with their second pick of the 5th round, taking linebacker Dominique Robinson from Miami (OH) with the 174th overall pick.
The pick comes after an earlier trade that saw the Bears ship the 166th overall selection to Cincinnati for this pick and pick 226. Robinson is a unique prospect for the Bears, as he started his collegiate career as a wide receiver before moving to the defensive side of the ball.
Wideout turned quarterback hunter with the bricks and mortar needed to build an impactful career as a 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 rush end. Robinson frequently flashes despite his relative inexperience at the position. He’s quick off the snap, using plus fluidity, athleticism and bend to trim the edge and assail the pocket. However, he needs additional moves and counters before he’s ready to beat pro tackles. He must get stronger and more technically sound in run support. Aligning as a stand-up rush linebacker might help expand his range as a playmaker in space. Robinson projects as an unpolished gem with a high ceiling and stable floor.