Round 4, Pick No. 124 Overall (from Eagles): 49ers select EDGE Dominique Robinson, Miami (OH)
It’s a good year for teams in need of pass-rushers, and San Francisco could surely stand to find someone to pair with EDGE Nick Bosa in 2022 and beyond.
Especially after losing defensive end Arden Key in free agency and likely not having fellow EDGE Dee Ford return from a longstanding back injury.
As things stand now, Bosa is the only bona fide three-down edge rusher the 49ers have, while the remaining crop of outside pass-rushers are supplementary in nature. While it’s good to have those, what might be a smart play is to find and develop someone who could serve on the opposite end of the formation on a regular basis.
It’s unknown whether or not Miami (Ohio) EDGE Dominique Robinson will translate into that kind of player, as he transitioned into a pass-rusher after his first two years as a wide receiver but still managed to net 8.5 sacks in his final year at the collegiate level. The 6-foot-5, 253-pound prospect has the ideal build for a speed rusher off the edge, though, and some modest coaching should be able to take advantage of his raw abilities.
Robinson might be a project and solely a situational rusher right out of the gate. But this is the point in the draft where the Niners can afford to take developmental chances.