Missouri Star Darius Robinson Rips NFL Combine After Disappointing Results

Darius Robinson wasn't happy with the NFL Combine's bench press
Darius Robinson wasn't happy with the NFL Combine's bench press / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Missouri star Darius Robinson is one of the best defensive line prospects in the draft, a fit for many teams, and perhaps even a top-10 pick according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

However, the NFL Combine didn't go as Robinson had planned. Despite finishing with impressive results in drills showcasing his athleticism, Robinson had just 21 reps on the bench press, only the eighth-highest among EDGE prospects.

He expressed displeasure with the bench press set-up, calling "unacceptable" and saying he'd redo the drill at his pro day.

Darius Robinson Rips NFL Combine's Bench Press Set-Up

In a since-deleted tweet, Robinson reportedly said "This is not an accurate reflection of my bench press, the set up at the combine is unacceptable! The rack and bar is uneven with the J-Hooks, and the bench moves with the carpet floor! I will be doing this again at my pro day March 22nd!"

It's theoretically a fair point, though deleting the tweet likely means he thought better of it. After all, the rest of his testing went well. Robinson had a 35-inch vertical with a broad jump of 9'3" with a 4.95 40-yard dash, 2.97 20-yard split, and 1.79 in the 10-yard split.

His tape speaks for itself, though the athletic databases RAS considers him one of the better athletes at the position in recent memory.

Robinson can play across the line and put pressure on offensive linemen with his speed and sheer athleticism though he's a powerful pass rusher as well. He's routinely near the end of the first round in mock drafts, so he shouldn't have to wait long to hear his name called.

It'll be interesting to see how his pro day goes, and I'm curious if Robinson will be proven correct in the end.

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