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2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – A’Shawn Robinson

6ft 4 – 307lbs – Alabama40 Yard Dash – 5.20                Bench Press – 22 RepsVertical Jump – 2


6ft 4 – 307lbs – Alabama 40 Yard Dash – 5.20                Bench Press – 22 Reps Vertical Jump – 26 Inches     3 Cone Drill – 7.80 Broad Jump – 106 Inches      20 Yard Shuttle – 4.74 They say that there are two things that are a sure thing in life, death and taxes. This should be extended to three things with the third being top Defensive Lineman coming out of Alabama. Every year a new lineman, with huge potential comes from the Crimson Tide. This year that man is Robinson. He has started all the way from being a true freshman and has been rock solid playing all over the line. He was a consensus All-American in 2015, and has proven big game ability when he and his team became national champions. Robinson is as versatile as they come, he can play anywhere on the defensive line, from nose tackle to end, and that is something you don’t see often. Not only can he play these positions, he is extremely affective at each of them. He is extremely strong, which will translate to the top level, meaning he will be a plug in and play player. These two elements of his game together, will be instrumental in him starting the first game of the season. He is very good against the run, and especially in the early stages of his career, he will be relied on to plug the holes and stop the back. This isn’t a knock on his game at all, many defensive tackles base their game solely doing this and they carve out great careers. Unlike other defensive player’s at his position in this draft, it seems his weaknesses are highlighted more based on where he came from. Being part of an elite front 7 means that your problems are masked, when this process makes you an individual, those weaknesses seem so much bigger. Robinson isn’t a particularly disruptive player, and this can be an issue, because if asked to rush the passer he struggles with hand placement as well as a lack of speed. His pad level is too high and due to a lack of punch in his initial hit, can find himself out of the passing game before it has even started. While he will carve out a very successful career as a run stuffer, without the pass rush, he will never be truly elite. Robinson has spoken to 8 teams with picks throughout the first round. He spoke to the Chargers, the Lions, the Redskins and the Texans at the Combine, before going on a local visit with the Cowboys. He then managed private workouts with the Jets, the Lions, the Panthers and the Steelers. Robinson is very good at what he does, however unfortunately for him what he does is one dimensional. He isn’t a difference maker on every down and players who show flashes will go ahead of him. While he is a better player, teams will likely prefer the boom or bust players early. He could go nearer the end of the first round, but don’t be shocked if he is still sat in the green room after the first 31 picks of the 2016 draft.

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2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – A’Shawn Robinson

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