A’Shawn Robinson, a 6-4, 307-pound defensive linemen entering the NFL draft following his junior season at Alabama, was selected in the second round by the Detroit Lions. He was the 46th overall player drafted.
Robinson can (and has) played at nose tackle, tackle, and end on the Crimson Tide defensive front. As a senior he was in on 46 tackles, including eight for losses of 25 yards with credit on four sacks for 19 yards in losses. He broke up two passes and had a team-high 10 quarterback pressures. He recovered a fumble which he returned 9 yards. And he also had a memorable blocked extra point when he jumped flat-footed over the LSU snapper.
In his first season at Alabama in 2013 Robinson was a consensus Freshman All-America and following his performance as a captain on the 2015 national championship team, he was consensus All-America. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award.
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CollegeFootballNews.com ranked him the No. 1 defensive tackle in the draft and had this to say:
“The one-time super-recruit lived up to the hype and even more as the anchor of a national championship defensive front. Built for the position, he’s great off the ball with the pass rushing potential to hang out in the backfield, and he the toughness against the run to eat up everything that comes his way. As powerful as any defensive tackle in college football over the last few years, he doesn’t miss when he gets his chances to make a play.
“Now, can he bring it all the time and be in shape enough to become a three-down tackle on every drive? Alabama uses such a great rotation on the defensive front that he hasn’t had to do everything – he was always platooned. He might be broken down a bit before he rises up into the consistent All-Pro star he should become.”