Don’t Sleep on A’Shawn Robinson


The buzz, rumors, and speculation just keep rising as we are less than a week away from the NFL Draft opening night in Chicago. Teams are circling the players they truly consider selecting and at the same time try to project what other teams will do.

One of the deepest positions in this Draft is at Defensive Line. ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects four defensive lineman to come off the board in the top 14 picks. Oregon’s DeForest Buckner and Ohio State’s Joey Bosa are considered the elite of the class, deemed as top five to top ten worthy slections.

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However, the drop off after those two players is not dramatically noticeable. A player to watch is A’shawn Robinson from Alabama, Robinson, is a nasty defensive tackle that is extremely strong, and showed the ability to get off blocks from some of the premier lineman in College Football such as Laremy Tunsil, and Jack Conklin.

Robinson led a very talented defensive line unit at Alabama that included Jonathan Allen and Jarran Reed. Robinson is a smart player, coached by the best in Nick Saban and showed consistently he is a nightmare in the backfield.

One of his best games in his college career came verse LSU and leading Heisman contender at the time, running back Leanord Fournette. Robinson single handily ended Fournette’s chances for the Heisman, constantly stuffing the back and reeking havoc.

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When watching Robinson’s tape, his style of play, quick first step, and nastiness translate to a type of player that becomes great in the National Football League. The last defensive tackle to come out of Alabama was Marcell Dareus who is now a Pro Bowler player for the Buffalo Bills. Both Robinson and Dareus won a National Championship, with Robsinon’s coming this last year. Robinson is quicker than Dareus, as he slimmed down his senior year to 312 pounds to go along with his 6’4″ stature.

Robinson comes from a tree of winning in Tuscaloosa and could become a leader of a young team such as the Titans.