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Packers Draft Day Targets: Chop Robinson

The Packers have a small depth issue on the edge of their defensive line. Second-year edge-rusher Kingsley Enagbare tore his ACL in Green Bay’s playoff win against Dallas in January. Enagbare is not a starter, but he is impactful when healthy in a reserve role. It is up to GM Brian Gutekunst to replace Enagbare’s presence for the majority of the 2024 season.

This is where drafting a talented prospect like Penn State defensive end Chop Robinson could be a good move for Green Bay. Here is why the Packers should be interested in selecting him later this month in the NFL Draft:


A Freak Athlete

Robinson is easily one of the best defensive line prospects in the draft. There are already comparisons to All-Pro edge-rushers Micah Parsons and Myles Garrett believe it or not.

While at Penn State, he became an All-Conference performer for the Nittany Lions. He recorded 9.5 sacks while playing for head coach James Franklin, as well as 17.5 tackles for loss. His twitchiness and explosiveness allow him to easily overpower blockers in an instant. He brings great size (6-3, 254 pounds), and his athleticism score at the Scouting Combine was most impressive (84; ranked 3rd among edge-rushers).

He is one of the most complete defenders in this particular draft because of what he can do with his skills and traits. If a team like the Packers wanted to draft him in the second or third round, if he falls, it wouldn’t be too shabby of a move.


How He’d Fit In Green Bay

He would not be a starter right away. But, he could be a long-term replacement for veteran Preston Smith, who will be 32 years of age this season. For now, he could provide depth behind Smith while Enagbare rehabs from his injury. He’d get to learn from the veterans in Smith and Rashan Gary without needing to play right away. That a would be a pretty great situation for both the Maryland native and the Packers.


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