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Chop Checks Out: Penn State DE Gets Strong Combine Measurement

Penn State's defense welcomed back Chop Robinson, who missed each of the Nittany Lions previous two games.

The measurements are in for two of Penn State football’s top defensive ends from the past two seasons.

Chop Robinson came in at 6-foot-3 and 254 pounds, with a 32 1/2″ arm size and 9 and 1/8″ hand size. 

Adisa Isaac is slightly taller at 6-foot-4, but a little smaller at 247 pounds. Isaac has bigger arms than Robinson (33 7/8) and bigger hands (9 5/8″). 

Both of these players balled out in their time at Penn State and thus have chances to be selected in the first round of the draft come late April.

Robinson had been generally thought to be the better prospect, but Isaac has turned a lot of heads since his college career ended, particularly at this year’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

The measurements for Robinson are particularly intriguing because some have doubted that he’s around 255 pounds.

“My biggest thing is going to be size and strength,” draft scout Matt Miller said on a conference call earlier this month. “I didn’t think he played with great strength, especially in the run game, at Penn State. He’s listed at 250 pounds. He does not look 250 pounds. So I think (the combine) is going to be big. Are you 6-3, 250? Or are you 6-2, 235? Where is his actual size at?”

Miller feels size does matter when it comes to the draft.

“That might sound like a small factor, but you’re looking at how much bigger can this player get? How are they going to produce against the run if they’re sub 250 pounds and they’ve got short arms? How are we going to ask them to set the edge?”

Both Robinson and Isaac are right around the average length for arms.

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