NFL Draft: Film review of Alabama DL A'Shawn Robinson

Breaking Burgundy Film Analyst Paul Conner shares his thoughts on the Crimson Tide's powerful defensive lineman.

Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process. 

A'Shawn Robinson

Position: DE/DT

School: Alabama

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 312 lbs

Age: 20

Ben Standig's mock draft for CSNmidatlantic.com: No. 12 to the Saints (1/15)

(Analysis vs. LSU, Georgia, and Wisconsin)

StrengthsA'Shawn Robinson's presence was felt much more in the run game than the passing game. In coach Nick Saban's 2-gap system, Robinson was mostly asked to stand-up blockers, read and react. Robinson does a good job using his length to keep blockers off him and read where the ball carrier is going. He also does a good job of making a push and getting his hands up as the quarterback throws the ball. The powerful lineman played mostly as a 5-Tech in base packages and then moved to 3-Tech in sub-packages. He changed his diet and dropped some weight, looking more nimble this year than last. Robinson isn't moved very easily and shows effort to get back into plays. Ultimately, we're talking about a player who oes the dirty work, clogs holes and makes piles. Robinson will be a player to watch at the combine during drills to see more of what he is capable of doing. 

Concerns: Robinson didn't ooze a ton of athleticism but wasn't asked to. He flashed it at times and he did have an amazing play where he jumped over the offensive line on a field go so he has it in him, but his defensive scheme at Alabama really handicapped him. The combine will be huge for him so coaches can determine his explosiveness, athleticism and whether or not he is scheme diverse.

If drafted by Redskins: Joe Barry has moved the Redskins more towards the penetrating, 1-gap scheme so seeing Robinson in some of those combine drills could help determine his fit in this defensive scheme. Washington's defensive line could look quite different next season depending on Terrance Knighton's free agency and Jason Hatcher's retirement thoughts.

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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