Carolina Panthers' NFL Draft Prospect Profile: A'Shawn Robinson

If the Carolina Panthers want to bolster their defensive tackle position, A'Shawn Robinson would make sense. We take a closer at the former Alabama defensive tackle.

College Stats/Awards

Season Games Tackles Tackles for a Loss Sacks
2013 12 38 8.0 5.5
2014 12 49 6.5 0
2015 15 46 7.5 3.5

*Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference

Combine Results

Event NFL Combine
40-yard Dash 5.20 seconds
Bench Press 22 reps
Vertical Jump 26.0 inches
Broad Jump 106.0 inches
3-Cone Drill 7.80 seconds
20-yard Shuttle 4.74 seconds

*Results courtesy of NFL.com

Strengths

  • Strong

The first thing that stands out while watching A'Shawn Robinson is how strong he is. He is regularly seen driving offensive linemen backwards and is rarely moved from his spot. He is able to take on double teams from opposing offensive linemen, which is a big boost for his teammates as this is one less blocker for them to worry about. They are able to run free and make the plays.

  • Excellent Run Defender

This allows him to plug running lanes and make the stops. This strength also stands out when making the tackle as ball carriers are not able to typically break away from him. Against LSU last season, he was able to push their left tackle backwards and catch Leonard Fournette on a stretch play, almost getting a safety.

Weaknesses

Limited Pass Rusher

Robinson was never known for his ability to rush the quarterback and only had 3.5 sacks over his final two seasons with Alabama. He is limited in what he is able to do and doesn't show much variety in his moves other than just to bullrush his man, which is something he is good at.

How he fits with the Carolina Panthers?

Robinson would be an excellent player to fit next to Kawann Short and be a possible replacement for Star Lotulelei. He is stout standing in the middle of the defense and would command two blockers. This would free up more one-on-one matchups for Short and allow him to do what he does best: get to the quarterback.

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