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Chicago Bears select Canton native Dominique Robinson in 5th round of NFL draft

Robinson was a star quarterback at McKinley Senior High School before switching to edge rusher at Miami of Ohio.

LAS VEGAS — The road began in Canton; whether it ends there is anyone's guess.

The Chicago Bears on Saturday selected McKinley graduate and Miami of Ohio edge rusher Dominique Robinson with the 174th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft. The lineman was one of several Northeast Ohio natives to be taken during the draft's third day.

Raised in the shadow of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Robinson was a team captain and all-conference honoree as a quarterback, and remains the last Bulldogs signal-caller to defeat archrival Massillon. He focused on defense for the RedHawks and became a two-year starter, tallying 8 1/2 tackles for loss and 4 1/2 sacks as a senior.

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Miami (Oh) Redhawks defensive lineman Dominique Robinson (11) celebrates a sack during an NCAA football game against the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 in Oxford, Ohio.

Amazingly, Robinson is the first Canton McKinley alum to be drafted since 2008, when receiver Reggie Corner went in the fourth round to the Buffalo Bills. The Bears two top sack leaders from 2021 in Robert Quinn (18 1/2) and Trevis Gipson (seven) are returning, so Robinson will likely be competing for a backup role.

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