A very Merry Draftmas to you!
We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 29th. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.
While the Chiefs’ draft capital has changed in the last few days, their needs outside of offensive tackle remain. The team still needs another defensive end, so here’s a Day 3 player who would be an ideal fit.
Janarius Robinson, EDGE
6’5” | 266 lbs | Florida State
Panama City, FL
Expected draft range: Day 3
One-sentence bio: Senior Bowl participant and Academic All-ACC performer who chose Florida State over Alabama and Clemson.
One-sentence scouting report: Long, athletic defensive end project who has the upside to be a quality pass rusher and run defender.
Wouldn’t be shocked if @FSUFootball EDGE Janarius Robinson cracks Top 100 next month. @JanariusD1 has some of freakiest tools in ‘21 draft. Got better each day @seniorbowl and put it all together in game. Counter flashes like this has DL coaches excited. #TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/n0JmOkdMAS— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) March 15, 2021
How he fits in Kansas City: Had Robinson progressed more during his time at Florida State, he likely wouldn’t make it out of Day 2. Still... his physical traits and football character may yet get him drafted on Friday. Robinson has a lot of qualities to like. He gives outstanding effort against both the run and the pass. Physically, he fits Steve Spagnuolo’s profile perfectly; he has an 87” wingspan — which he knows how to use well — and has the density and size to fit the Chiefs defense.
Robinson had outstanding test results at his pro day, but his first step on tape doesn’t quite match it. He comes to the draft with limited sack production and doesn’t always appear to process plays quickly. So there are questions to be answered — and those could make him fall all the way to Saturday.
Depending on whether they trade one of their second round picks to secure more selections, the Chiefs might have to move up to acquire Robinson on Day 3. He’s likely to go somewhere between Kansas City’s picks at 63 and 144 — the former probably too early and the latter likely too late. But if he falls to 144 — and they haven’t secured an EDGE — the Chiefs should sprint to the podium.