In an effort to bolster their defensive line unit, the Detroit Lions selected A’Shawn Robinson, a highly talented defensive tackle from the University of Alabama.
Many draft analysts had Robinson going in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Lions picked him up in the 2nd round, pick 46 overall.
Newly appointed General Manager for the Lions Bob Quinn seemed pretty surprised that a player of Robinson’s caliber fell to them in the 2nd round.
“We did extensive work on A’Shawn as well. He came up here for a pre-draft visit, and we felt really good about the grade we had on him. And we really thought at the end of the day, he’d probably go somewhere, 17 to 34, that would be our (projected) range. And I think we were very fortunate to get him at 46.”
The Lions are viewing Robinson as someone who can play come Week 1 of the regular season and be their top DT going into the future.
In his 3 seasons with the Crimson Tide, Robinson tallied 9 sacks to go along with 133 total tackles, 51 of those solo, 22 tackles were for negative yardage and he was a member of the 2016 National Championship team that defeated the Clemson Tigers 45-40.
His NFL comparison was to John Henderson, a former member Jacksonville Jaguars that finished out his career with the Oakland Raiders. Henderson was known as a force in the middle of the trenches. Drafted in the first round, 9th overall by the Jaguars in the 2002 NFL Draft, Henderson only missed 15 games.
In 10 total seasons, I would say that is pretty darn good. He totaled 31 career sacks during his NFL tenure.
It’s always a catch-22 situation when it comes to comparing college players to NFL players. Some college players end up flourishing and living up to the potential and comparisons given to them coming out of college, but then there are the guys who are just great college players and can’t quite cut it in the NFL.
Another chapter will be written with the old phrase “(only) time will tell” I guess with the newly drafted defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions.
It would be nice to have Robinson be a staple in the middle of the Lions’ defensive line for years to come.
What do you think, Nation, does A’Shawn Robinson have what it takes to play in the trenches into the future for the Detroit Lions? Sound off!