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Potential 49ers NFL Draft target impresses with historic 10-yard split

Potential 49ers NFL Draft target wows with historic 10-yard split originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

A potential 49ers draft target put on a historic performance Thursday at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Penn State edge rusher Chop Robinson – who plays Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN mocked the 49ers at No. 31 overall in a recent mock draft – showed unprecedented speed for a player his size (6-foot-1, 254 pounds). on the position.

Robinson ran an unofficial 4.49 40m dash – which is impressive in itself – but what really stood out was the 21-year-old’s 10m gap.

Robinson’s 1.54 10-yard split is the best time ever recorded at the scouting combine for an edge rusher weighing more than 250 pounds.

While scouting combine testing is far from the end, Robinson’s 4.54 40-yard dash time compares quite favorably to a handful of dynamic edge rushers, including Nick Bosa (4.79 40 in 2019) and standout Will Anderson Jr. from Houston Texans. 4.60 40 times in 2023).

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Robinson also recorded a broad jump of 10’8, making him only the second player in combined history to run a 40-yard dash under 4.50 and record a broad jump of 10’5. The only other player to achieve this feat? Vernon Davis, who was selected No. 6 overall by the 49ers in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Since the departure of Dee Ford, the 49ers have sorely lacked a high-end edge rusher to match Bosa, who had nearly double the pressure (122 to 64) as the next closest player on San Francisco’s defense during the 2023 NFL season. per Pro Football Focus.

While it’s easy to imagine how well a dynamic young talent like Robinson would fit into a defensive front of seven littered with All-Pros, his impressive performance today might have put his stock well out of reach of where the 49ers should choose. the penultimate pick of the first round.

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