Penn State defensive end Chop Robinson, at 254 pounds, runs blazing 40-yard dash at NFL Combine

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Projected first-round NFL pick Demayun “Chop” Robinson stood out during practice on the first night of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, especially with his 40-yard dash.

The 40-yard dash, the most anticipated drill at the combine, will be slower than normal for defensive linemen on the first day, but don’t tell Robinson.

Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 254 pounds, Robinson ran the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.48 seconds.

Initially it was 4.49 seconds, but after revisions it was reduced to 1/100th of a second.


Penn State’s Chop Robinson runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2024 in Indianapolis. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

When a Nittany Lions defensive lineman records minutes like that, Penn State graduate and Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons immediately comes up as a comparison.

On his 40th day as a pro, Parsons beat Robinson by one second, surprising everyone with a 4.39-second sprint.

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Although Robinson didn’t beat Parsons, NFL Network compared Robinson’s sprint to their respective top-five draft picks, Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers and Will Anderson Jr. of the Houston Texans. And Robinson was faster than both.

Robinson’s 1.54-second 10-yard split is the fastest mark ever recorded by an edge rusher weighing over 250 pounds, making this speed unprecedented for his size.

Robinson also excelled at the other combines, posting a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump.

Chop Robinson on the podium

Penn State defensive lineman Chop Robinson answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on February 28, 2024 in Indianapolis. (Zack Bollinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

He is the first to run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.5 seconds and record at least a long jump since San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who was selected No. 6 overall out of Maryland in the 2006 NFL Draft. became a prospect. 10 1/2 feet.

Already considered a first-round talent, Robinson could be selected sooner than the expected April 25 date before the draft began.

Robinson began his college career at Maryland and transferred to Penn State in 2022. His sophomore season was outstanding with 5.5 sacks, 26 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss.

Chop Robinson runs the 40-yard dash

Penn State’s Chop Robinson runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2024 in Indianapolis. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)


In 2023, Robinson recorded four sacks, 15 total tackles, and two forced fumbles in 10 games.



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