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Another First-Rounder Done: Darius Robinson Signs Contract

Defensive lineman was 27th pick overall in draft

Darius Robinson (right) and GM Monti Ossenfort share a laugh as Robinson signs his contract on Tuesday.
Darius Robinson (right) and GM Monti Ossenfort share a laugh as Robinson signs his contract on Tuesday.

Darius Robinsonis a long way from his busboy days at a banquet hall in Plymouth, Michigan.

The rookie defensive lineman -- the Cardinals' second first-round pick, No. 27 overall -- signed his initial NFL contract Tuesday, a four-year deal with the standard fifth-year team option for all first-rounders.

The Cardinals now have two unsigned draft picks left of their 12-man class: third-round running back Trey Benson and fourth-round safety Dadrion Taylor-Demerson.

Robinson's deal, slotted as all picks are, is worth a reported $13.9 million, with a $6.9 million signing bonus. It is all guaranteed.

"Before your senior year, you think, 'If I go in the first round you get this, this and this,'" Robinson said. "But now, it's pen to paper, and it's real.

"I have three goals: Have fun, be better than the last time I was on tape, and respect and trust in my coaches and teammates as I earn a role in this organization."

Robinson is part of a revamped defensive line room that starts with free agent signees Justin Jones and Bilal Nichols, as well as Khyiris Tonga. The Cardinals brought back L.J. Collier -- who was injured in the season opener a year ago -- and 2023 sixth-round pick Dante Stills had a solid rookie season.

Robinson has the ability to play down on the outside in run situations and play inside and provide a rush in passing situations.

"When he got here I was like, 'Whoa,'" defensive coordinator Nick Rallis said. "He was everything we thought he was and more as far as the guy, and his skillset, he fits what we want to do.

"Everything we do defensively revolves around being adaptable."

His first-round status will put him in a spotlight, but for Robinson, it isn't a badge he wants to lean upon.

"I just want to act like a great teammate," Robinson said. "If I am carrying a bag and let everyone know that's cool, because I believe in serving and leadership. I'm willing to do whatever needed to help our team win."

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