Named a consensus All-America for his play in 2015, Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson is projected to be one of the top defensive linemen in this year's draft. A two-year starter for the Crimson Tide, he really made a name for himself this past season, accumulating 46 tackles, 7.5 of which were for loss, and 3.5 sacks en route to helping his team win the National Championship.
At 6-4, 307 pounds, scouts believe Robinson's stature is perfect for that of an NFL interior lineman. Additionally, he played just 57 percent of the Crimson Tide's defensive snaps over the past two seasons, making him fresh for whichever team drafts him later this month.
A finalist for the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top interior lineman, and a Bednarik Award semifinalist, Robinson's NFL potential is something that makes him a very attractive choice for a number of teams.
Scouting Report From NFL.com
Hard to find an interior lineman with a more well-proportioned frame than Robinson. His size and overall talent level will have NFL teams drooling and projecting him along any and all defensive fronts, but his film might leave them hungry for more. As opposed to teammate Jarran Reed who already plays with polish, Robinson is a projection-oriented two-gapper who can step in right away and help plug holes in a leaky run defense. If Robinson can improve his leverage issues and pass rushing, he has all-pro potential. However, he's not a sure thing to become a star. – Lance Zierlein
What He Said
"Well Alabama, we played 4-3, 3-4. So, we do a little bit of both but we just don't shoot upfield. Most of the time we're just gapping and pushing the pocket. But I feel like going to a team I have the ability to actually penetrate the gap and show my athleticism how I can get to the quarterback much (more) efficiently than I did at Alabama. I feel that I can show that off when a team picks me up." – A'Shawn Robinson on how he fits in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense