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Penn State Football Defensive Leader Opts Out of Peach Bowl

Penn State Football defensive end Chop Robinson announced via X his decision to “forego [Penn State’s] bowl game and declare for the 2024 NFL Draft.”

Robinson also thanked the Penn State fans “from the bottom of [his] heart for accepting me with open arms and making these past two years the best years of [his] life.”

Thank you Penn State! 💙#44out pic.twitter.com/xnqntV57DJ

— Chop (@chopyoungbull) December 5, 2023

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Chop Robinson Closes Dominant Penn State Football Career 

After beginning his collegiate career with Maryland, Robinson transferred to Penn State after his freshman season.

In the past two seasons in Happy Valley, Robinson was a key player on Penn State’s defensive line, making 10 starts and appearing in 22 games.

In 2022, Robinson finished tied for 7th in the Big Ten in sacks (5.5) and 15th in tackles for a loss (10), ranking second and third, respectively, for the Nittany Lions in those categories. In 2023, despite missing two games due to injury, Robinson ranked 4th on the team in sacks (4) and 3rd in tackles for a loss (7.5).

Chop Robinson is a Top NFL Draft Prospect

Robinson is a projected first-round pick by multiple outlets for the 2024 NFL draft, ranking 19th on PFF’s 2024 NFL Draft Big Board.

Robinson could join Olu Fashanu (also a projected 2024 first-round pick) in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Penn State last had a first-round pick in 2022 when Jahan Dotson went 16 overall to the Washington Commanders. Penn State’s last defensive end to go in the first round was Odafe Oweh in 2021, when he was picked 31st by the Baltimore Ravens.

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Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.