Ravens draft Ole Miss edge defender Tavius Robinson in fourth round

Published 4/29/2023 3:40 p.m. EDT

The Ravens drafted Ole Miss edge defender Tavius Robinson in the fourth round, adding an athletic prospect with playmaking potential with the No. 124 overall pick.

2022 stats: 44 tackles (eight for loss), seven sacks, five forced fumbles

Measurables: 6-6, 257 pounds, 4.66-second 40-yard dash

NFL.com profile: “Ascending, even-front defensive end prospect with outstanding traits and projectable upside. Robinson plays with good aggression and heavy hands as both a run defender and pass rusher. He has the agility and foot quickness to beat blockers whether chasing the run or rushing the passer. Robinson attacks the pocket with a game plan and a variety of moves at his disposal. He needs to grow into his frame to improve against the run, but Robinson should become a rotational defender and has future-starter potential.”

Team need: The Ravens should have a solid starting rotation, with Tyus Bowser leading a group also featuring two first-round talents in Odafe Oweh and David Ojabo. But with Justin Houston still unsigned in free agency, and not much depth behind that top three, the Ravens needed numbers at outside linebacker.

Quotable: After the University of Guelph had its Canadian football season canceled, Robinson accepted a job at 1-800-GOT-JUNK, a junk-removal service. Before long, he was getting offers from American schools to play college football.

“Here in Canada, we don’t get full scholarships; you’ve got to work to pay for your school for the upcoming year. So before I had gotten any offers, I had applied for that job, got that job and was just getting ready to start working to make enough money to go to university the upcoming year, but at the same time, I was sending out my [football] tape. I didn’t know if anything was going to come from it, but then I got the Ole Miss offer, and then, yes, I didn’t even … I think I was scheduled to go in for work, and then I got the Ole Miss offer like two days before, and then I quit and then was on a plane to Ole Miss, like, the next day.”


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