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Chiefs Draft Prospect Series: Darius Robinson (Missouri)

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The 6’5 285 Darius Robinson had a formal interview with the Chiefs at the NFL combine. What could his impact be if Kansas City selects him as the 32nd pick of the first round?

Darius Robinson recorded 43 tackles, 36 pressures, and eight sacks during the 2023 season with Mizzou. In his five seasons in Missouri, he’s grown fond of the area, and he’s been telling reports that he loved his time in Columbia.

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            “I love Mizzou, man,” he said. “That’s my second home. I tell people I’m from Michigan and Missouri.”

Robinson is a versatile player, which may be why the Chiefs are interested in him. He’s talented rushing from the edge with a burst and power that can also put guards on their heels on the inside. This could be handy, especially if they retain Chris Jones (as they sometimes like to move him around).

He can forcefully separate from blockers and create consistent point-of-attack advantages with arm extension into blockers. His twitchy upper body enables him to rid blockers suddenly when it’s time to tackle. He also has above-average change-of-direction talent for his size.

Robinson told reporters:

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“I’m physical, I’m going to run, I’m going to hit somebody. I can do everything. I want an opportunity to put my cleats to the ground and play as fast as I can,” he stated.

Robinson said he studies Jones because of his ability to play inside/outside. He’d like to evolve his game to the point where he could one day be compared with Jones.

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            “Yeah, I mean, he’s who I want to, five years from now… I want to be like, “Darius is like Chris Jones.” “That would be an awesome accomplishment,” he said of Jones.

His weaknesses include a lack of planning focus and rushing off the edge early in the rep. He hasn’t developed better angles of entry rather than a predictable charge down the middle. His recognition of play development is average, and sometimes, his play lacks control.

With Charles Omenihu injured and Chris Jones’ contract up in the air, he is an intriguing prospect for Kansas City.

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