A’Shawn Robinson, a Fort Worth native, is a nasty and tenacious mauler for the Alabama defensive line and was the only defensive finalist for the 2015 Outland Trophy award.
A’Shawn Robinson is not only the heart and soul of the Crimson Tides’ front 7, but a team leader. He was a First Team All American selection by the SEC coaches. His intensity is evident in the locker room. He has been known to to give a toungue lashing to teammates he felt are not giving enough effort.
A’Shawn Robinson has been nicknamed the “Gentle Giant” and rightfully so. Much like Hall of Famer Reggie White, off the field he is a soft spoken, reserved and gentle man, but a switch flips when he hits the field and his wrath is unleashed. I am one who always prefers to find my trench players in the SEC, because on the average, they are going against the biggest, strongest, and fastest front sevens or offensive lines in the NCAA.
Height|Weight: 6-4 312
40 time: 5.04
Round: Top 15 prospect
“As a D-lineman, you’ve got to be the enforcer, you are the dogs of the team, of the defense, so you have got to make sure you force everything and make sure everybody is on point as well as you are” said Robinson at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.
Official Alabama Team Bio:
A’Shawn Robinson, JUNIOR: A consensus Freshman All-American during his first year on campus … named consensus All-American in 2015, earning first-team votes from the Sporting News, Associated Press, FWAA and AFCA … also earned second-team nods from Walter Camp and USA Today … finalist for the Outland Trophy… a disruptive force on the inside: 35 of his 43 tackles have come on runs with 7.5 for a loss (-25 yards), while adding 10 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … named a Bednarik Award semifinalist along with teammate Reggie Ragland … earned defensive player of the week accolades from the Alabama coaching staff for his efforts against Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, at Georgia, and against Arkansas and LSU.
- A’Shawn Robinson has a mammoth thick build and looks the part of an NFL DT. Plays with good power at the point and has strong active hands. Has a good punch and uses good arm extension to prevent blockers from getting good hand placement. Has excellent upper body strength and thick powerful legs that he keeps churning to collapse pockets. Sheds and stacks well while showing the ability to flow across the line and make stops against the run.
- A’Shawn Robinson has the ability to collapse the pocket and was able to move double teams backwards. Has an outstanding bull rush and once engaged one on one, many times it looked like the blocker was on skates moving backwards. Excellent awareness and instincts. Uses his size to clog up passing lanes and gets his hands up. Good tackler and has the power to bring down ball carriers with arm tackles. Shows surprising quickness when in pursuit of the QB. Disruptive force in the middle. Does a great job of creating lanes for the linebackers.
- A’Shawn Robinson is a bit stiff in the hips and lacks elite straight line speed. Needs to improve his get off. Raw prospect: was only a two year starter at Alabama. Needs to develop better technique. Needs to work on some more pass rush moves. Despite having decent feet, he needs to improve his lateral movement. Needs to rely less on his power. Needs to watch his pad level at times.
Overall, A’Shawn Robinson is a rare find at the 1 tech position and has the ability to play the 5 or the zero in a 3-4. I see him as a projection pick. What he lacks in overall athletic ability, he makes up for with his power, tenacious style of play, a high football IQ, work ethic, awareness and instincts. This is a guy who never takes a play off and wears down offensive linemen. If there is one thing you can be sure of: Nick Saban players are well coached And NFL ready.
Too many times fans look at stats as an indicator. However, the job of the 1 tech is to draw double teams enabling the 3 to make plays, collapse pockets and clog up running lanes. Too many times the Cowboys couldn’t get off the field on 3rd and short because teams were able to gash them up the middle. Too many times QBs were able to step up and make deep throws on 3rd and long. If you watch A’Shawn Robinson play, he may not get a lot of sacks, but what he does is draw enough attention in the middle to allow Jarran Reed to make plays; and despite the double teams, he still manages to get pressures, sacks, tackles for loss and create a pile in the middle or collapse the pocket.
I believe that much like Dontari Poe, who was also raw when he got drafted, with some time to develop his technique and improve his get off, A’Shawn Robinson will become one of the best defensive tackles to come out in a long time. You can coach his get off and technique, but you can’t coach his nasty, motor, work ethic, IQ, natural power and instincts. In most cases I wouldn’t take a DT at 4, but if Bosa and Ramsey are off the board, I would pull the trigger. Most don’t realize how much a big nasty DT can help the players around him: unless of course they have watched some Poe, Wilfork or Suh tape.