A’Shawn Robinson

Alabama

DT #86

6’4″ 312

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Robinson is nearly immovable in the run game but inconsistent with his pass rush

Good:
• Very good run stopper – doesn’t get moved off the LOS
• Gets very good extension vs run
• Lateral movement while engaged
• Can push the pocket from the interior
• Effective in stunts and twists
• Stuffs pullers
• Fluid athlete

Bad:
• Shows almost nothing as a pass rusher on film
• Inconsistent effort pass rushing – red flag for bust potential
• Struggles to disengage
• Stops feet on initial contact – causes him to raise his pad level and lose leverage

Notes:
• Played all over front, only effective from interior
• Uses strength to defeat blocks

Robinson was a Consensus All-American this past season for Alabama and was able register 46 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Prior to the 2015 season, Robinson was considered a top ten talent and even a possibility to be the top pick in the draft. He was asked to play all spots along the line while in college. Robinson was held sack less from November 2013 until late October this past season.

When you watch Robinson stuff run plays, you understand the excitement surrounding him coming into the season. He’s stout at the point of attack and is rarely moved off the ball by single or double teams. The strength does translate every once in a while into some interior presser by pushing the middle of the pocket. Robinson also looks like a fluid athlete, especially for his size, and he’s able to use the athleticism on line stunts and twists. He’s also able to move smooth and fast laterally while engaged.

Although you can see the traits that could potentially turn into production, it’s troubling when someone goes as long as he did without a sack. While there is certainly a place for run stopping interior lineman, players will need to offer something on passing downs. Robinson offers almost nothing in that regard. He doesn’t exhibit any rush moves other than bull rushing, and is inconsistent at best when it comes to effort while pass rushing. Poor effort is concerning when you’re taking plays or series off, but it’s scary when its 90% of pass plays. Despite Robinson’s strength, he struggles to disengage from blockers in the run and pass game. He also tends to stop his feet on contact which causes his pad level to rise and loss of leverage.

Round value:

2nd-3rd round

Games watched: Wisconsin 2015, LSU 2015, Georgia 2015, Tennessee 2015, Miss St 2014, Ole Miss 2014

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