Carolina Panthers Met with A'Shawn Robinson This Week

It appears Jarran Reed isn't the only Alabama defensive tackle they will meet with prior to the NFL Draft as A'Shawn Robinson said on Twitter that he met with the Carolina Panthers recently.

On Wednesday night, A'Shawn Robinson said on Twitter that he had met with the Carolina Panthers, as well as the Detroit Lions, this past week.

This was the second Alabama defensive tackle the Panthers met with this week after bringing Jarran Reed in for a visit on Monday. Robinson is considered as the better prospect and is ranked as the top defensive tackle by Scout, while Reed isn't far behind as the third best.

Robinson is a powerful defensive tackle at 6'4" and 307 pounds and has the potential to be a top defensive tackle in the NFL. He had an excellent year this past season for Alabama with 46 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks and was named a Consensus All-American.

The defensive tackle position is not one that appears to be a need for the Panthers with Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei as starters with Paul Soliai and Kyle Love being signed this offseason as backups. However, there is some uncertainty in the near future and adding a player like Robinson could provide some insurance.

Short is entering the final season of his contract and Lotulelei will be a free agent after the 2017 season with the Panthers picking up his fifth-year option earlier this offseason. If the Panthers were to lose one, or even both of their starters, having a player like Robinson waiting on the bench would help this defense.

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