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DL A’Shawn Robinson needs work but could be a good fit for the Redskins

Mar 14, 2016, 11:49 AM EDT

Redskins draft countdown

The NFL draft is 45 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players Scot McCloughan will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how he might fit in Washington.

A’Shawn Robinson
Defensive lineman


Height: 6-4
Weight: 307
40-yard dash: 5.20

Projected draft round: 1

What they’re saying

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,

How he fits the Redskins: It’s almost becoming cliché to project a defensive lineman to the Redskins in the first round. It’s an aging unit and the Redskins were one of the worst teams in the NFL when it came to stopping the run (122.6 yards/game, 26th). Add in Scot McCloughan’s preference for big guys and it all makes sense for the Redskins to take a good look at Robinson.

Robinson is nearly the perfect physical specimen for his position, especially his powerful legs, which make him tough to move. In 15 games for the Crimson Tide Robinson posted 46 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. His performance earned him consensus All-American honors and the attention of virtually every NFL scout in the land.

Although Alabama played a two-gap approach in its 3-4 defense as opposed to the one-gap that the Redskins use, Robinson should be able to adjust.

Potential issues: Although he is large and strong, he has some fundamental issues that need to be corrected. In particular he tends to play with his pad level too high. He can get away with that against blockers in college but it’s something he’ll need to fix if he’s going to succeed in the NFL.

Bottom line: Dane Brugler of CBS Sports wrote that Robinson “is the poster prospect for the golden rule of scouting (traits over production).” It’s not as though Robinson is like Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss, who admitted at the combine that he took some plays off. But Alabama’s scheme called for the defensive line to occupy blockers to free the linebackers to make plays. The task that McCloughan has is to project his traits into the Redskins’ scheme, which calls for linemen to make some plays, and figure out how he would perform in Washington.

The draft projections have not yet firmed up so just where Robinson might fall in the first round remains to be seen. He’s probably not a top-ten pick but he could well be gone in the 10-20 range, before the Redskins go on the clock at No. 21. But if he makes it to the Redskins one would think that he would be on the short list of players that McCloughan will be considering.

Previously in Combine Countdown:

  1. bk70 - Mar 14, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Rich, how about a Redskins Draft Countdown on Ryan Kelly. Is he the real deal at Center? Is he worthy of the 21st pick? I’d hate to loose him before we get our second round pick.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 14, 2016 at 1:53 PM

      I will do one but I don’t think it’s a good idea to take a C in the first the year after taking a G in the first. At some point, you need to get some impact players in the first round.

      • bk70 - Mar 15, 2016 at 11:56 AM

        I’ve seen mock drafts with the Colts selecting Kelly with their 18th pick or the Texans selecting Kelly with their 22nd pick.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 14, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Or we could just draft Reed and put him at NT to start the season….(maybe)?

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 14, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 7m7 minutes ago

    Ravens gave former Chargers S Eric Weddle a 4-year, $26 million deal, including $13 million in first two years, per source.


  4. Bryan - Mar 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    I’m thinking reed, rankins(prolly gone), Robinson in 1st then c in 2nd if kelly there if not Martin from nd but he maybe there in 3rd. But with us not pursuing any nt in fa I believe that’s where we are going without a doubt. And I bet we get a couple dline men to go with baker, Reyes , pea, hood, golston, and possible Murphy if asked to bulk up.

  5. scottmccloughanfan - Mar 14, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    We have a NT on the roster…… JERREL POWE. I’m excited, how about you?

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 14, 2016 at 5:35 PM

      Heh. I had to google him.

      Says he might become a coach, but has a signed futures contract with the Skins that could be a conflict.

  6. troylok - Mar 14, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    With as deep as the draft is this year at defensive line, the Redskins can wait and pick up quality players in later rounds. There are not many quality safeties and I could see the Redskins making a move in round one or two. I like center in round 2 or 3, so maybe in round 3 or 4 they pick up a defensive lineman. They also need to fit in a running back and developmental prospect at QB probably somewhere before round six. If they can find a partner, I could see the Redskins trading down from the first to pick up an extra second and third round pick.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 14, 2016 at 7:15 PM

      so maybe in round 3 or 4 they pick up a defensive lineman.

      Not if you need him to start. There’s about 5 defensive tackles who could be 1st rounders, and another 3 on the edge. If you need a guy to start and wait until pick 53 (our 2nd rounder) to get one, you could be missing out on all of them.

      Wait any longer, and you’re just missing out on the strongest part of the 2016 NFL draft. (IMO, he disclosed.)

  7. Paul - Mar 15, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Scotts taking bpa… And that’s his bpa.. You guys have no clue.. Watch Elliott, I think if he’s there he takes him Archives

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