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Alabama Football 2016 NFL Draft Profiles: A'Shawn Robinson

A straight-up monster from the time he stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa, A'Shawn Robinson is about as close to a sure-thing as one will see in the NFL Draft.

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A'Shawn Robinson

Position: Defensive Tackle

Pro Day Height/ Weight: 6'4"/ 307 lbs.

40 Yard Dash Time: 5.2 seconds

Bench Press Reps (of 225 lbs): 22 reps

Hand Size: 10.5 inches

Arm Length: 34.5 inches

Vertical Jump: 26 inches

Broad Jump: 106 inches

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.74 seconds

3-Cone Drill: 7.8 seconds

2015 Season: Started all 15 games for the Tide defense in 2016. Recorded 46 tackles. 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two passes broken-up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Was an Outland Trophy finalist, Bednarik Award semifinalist and first-team All-American (Sporting News, Associated Press, FWAA and AFCA).

Strengths: From the time A'Shawn Robinson stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa, it was clear he would be a short-timer on a fast-track to the NFL. With a prototypical build for a big-bodied interior lineman, Robinson saw considerable time as a freshman at defensive tackle while leading the Tide in sacks with 5.5.  Robinson can do anything defensive coaches have asked of him, playing anywhere from nose to five-technique. He has the rare combination of freakish strength and tremendous athleticism that are the trademarks of Pro Bowl defensive linemen, and his versatility is a prized facet of his game. One of the more powerful linemen to come through Alabama in some time, his blows resonate and he has the ability to ragdoll elite caliber blockers when lined up one-on-one. Rarely beaten by less than a double-team, Robinson has tremendous length and is one of the most reliable tacklers from the Tide's 2015 championship roster. One simply does not hope to break an A'Shawn can only hope to survive it intact. Unlike his running mate Jarran Reed, Robinson is equally at home clogging the run and terrorizing passers. He reads quarterbacks in the way teenage girls read sparkly vampire novels, and he pursues extremely well for a man of his height and breadth. Robinson can be an absolute pocket-smashing wrecking-ball in the pass rush, and his impact ripples across opposing offensive fronts as they struggle to adjust. He was also known to be a vocal leader for a Tide defense that will go down as one of the elite units in a history of elite units at the Capstone. Robinson is one of several Tide players who will be able to make an immediate impact at his eventual NFL destination, as he has the power, technique and drive to play at an elite level from Day 1.

Weaknesses: None...(you tell that dude he has a weakness, man, my mama didn't raise no fool.) In all seriousness, there are a few improvements Robinson could undertake to make him an even better player at the pro level than he was in his three years of collegiate play. Chief among them is his tendency to remain too upright through contact. He would do well to drop his pads more often and get low, something that would make him an even more devastating tackler and block-shedder. Sometimes his leverage is excellent, and at other times, it is sub-par, causing him to lose steam and stalemate match-ups he should easily dominate. Though he aggressively rushes the passer, his attack is somewhat one-dimensional in that it relies heavily on the bullrush and straight-line tactics. Robinson needs to diversify his pass rush skill set and introduce variety to gain the upper hand in even more battles. Sometimes, Robinson would appear content to battle opponents to a draw rather than dominating them at the point of attack. In the pro ranks, he will be asked to win every down, and while he has the skills to do so, he will need to develop a consistent drive that allows him to be more relentless (if that isn't terrifying).

Verdict: Robinson is an elite-level defensive tackle who has a God-given die-cut frame for the position, the strength of 10 bulls and the explosiveness of a foot locker stuffed with C4. Barring an extravagant total flame-out, Robinson is as close to a Draft Day sure-thing as one can find in this year's class of prospects. He has the size, skill, maturity and work ethic to be an absolute monster at the next level. As good as he was at Alabama, with a few refinements to his game, he can be an even better pro.

Predicted Round: While some have predicted a fall to the second round, that is pure foolishness. The dude has been a force since he was 18 years old, and there's no reason to believe his ascent won't continue as he takes on the pro mantle. A'Shawn is a straight-up first rounder, and it'd be shocking if he is still on the board past the 20th pick.