2017 NFL DRAFT

A'Shawn Robinson, DT

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 307 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1721

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.203.01-22 26-4.747.80
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.133.011.7822 268'10"4.747.80

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Player Overview

A two-year starter in Alabama's 3-4 base defense, Robinson lined up everywhere from the zero- to six-technique positions on the right side of the defensive line, showing the ability to two-gap as a five-technique or anchor at nose tackle. A player with the look and power of a grown man, he was nicknamed the "man child" by his mother growing up because she literally had to keep his birth certificate in her purse to prove her son was playing in the appropriate age group.

Robinson became a full-time starter in 2014 as a sophomore, recording 49 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss, splitting his time between nose tackle and five-technique spots. He started all 15 games as a junior in 2015, finishing with 46 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks to earn First Team All-SEC honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Big-boned frame with proportionate thickness throughout. Powerful core and limbs to control the point of attack and stack-and-shed. Smooth athleticism with the lateral range to mirror and scrape down the line of scrimmage in pursuit. Hip flexibility and body control to work tight spaces. Shows the ability to lock out, press the hole and make stops in the gap.

Plays with shock in his hands to work through the trash. Can sink and drive his lower body to create separation from blocks or push the pocket. Strong ball awareness and backfield vision to recognize things quickly. Uses his big hands and long arms to knock the ball down at the line of scrimmage. Drawing constant double-teams and keep blockers busy.

WEAKNESSES: Underwhelming initial move and allows his pads to rise at contact, playing too upright and losing leverage. Not an explosive athlete and more of a one-note chaser. Below average pass rush skill-set, lacking the hand sequence or burst to consistently penetrate the pocket.

Thinks too much, causing him to be a step late. Needs to be more disciplined stacking the edge to hold outside contain and gain body angles. Wears himself out and just goes through the motions on several snaps. Unimpressive career production.

IN OUR VIEW: A stout run defender, Robinson is raw as a pass rusher, but his production doesn't always show on the stat sheet - was mostly asked to two-gap, clog things up and occupy blockers to free up the linebackers at Alabama. He is the poster prospect for the golden rule of scouting (traits over production).

COMPARES TO: Michael Brockers, DT, Los Angeles Rams - Although he doesn't have a sky-high ceiling, Robinson should start in the NFL for a long time as a three-down defender, fitting even and odd fronts, similar to Michael Brockers when he was a mid-first round pick out of LSU.

--Dane Brugler (2/10/16)

 
 
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