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Meet the Prospect: Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson

Take a look at some of the names being associated with San Francisco's seventh-overall pick. runs down the list of top players in the 2016 NFL Draft. We continue our "Meet the Prospect" series with an imposing force in the trenches, Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson.

First Glance

Robinson was another five-star recruit who ended up in Tuscaloosa. He played all 13 games (starting two) as a true freshman and made 38 stops, including eight for loss, and led the team with 5.5 sacks.

Robinson truly came into form this past season as a junior, totaling 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks as Alabama captured the national championship. He earned consensus All-American honors and was named a finalist for the Outland Trophy.

The 49ers have consistently trotted out a talented defensive line in recent seasons, with this year's crop highlighted by Ian Williams, Quinton Dial and Arik Armstead. 


Height: 6-4

Weight: 307

Arm length: 34 1/2 inches

Hand Size: 10 1/2 inches Pro Comparison

Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson

Best College Game

In one of the most hyped games of the year last fall, Robinson collected three unassisted tackles, including two for a loss, and one pass breakup during Alabama's 30-16 victory over then-No. 2 LSU. He also blocked a PAT by leaping over the line of scrimmage and hustling into the face of the Tigers kicker. What made this performance so special though was that the Crimson Tide held LSU's Heisman Trophy candidate, Leonard Fournette, to just 31 yards on 19 carries. Robinson was the anchor of that effort. 

Combine Statistics

40-yard dash: 5.20 seconds

Bench press: 22 reps

Vertical jump: 26.0 inches

Broad jump:  106.0 inches

3 cone drill: 7.80 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.74 seconds

Mock Draft Connections

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein – No. 16 overall pick (Detroit Lions)

USA TODAY's Nate Davis – No. 16 overall pick (Lions)

ESPN's Todd McShay – No. 28 overall pick (Kansas City Chiefs)

What the Media is Saying…

"Very few can play the run the way Robinson can. Coming from Alabama, Robinson knows what it's like to play in an NFL-like environment under two of the smartest defensive minds in college football in Nick Saban and Kirby Smart. Bama players are considered safe, low-risk future NFL players. But with Robinson's young, frame, solid athleticism, length and power, he appears to be a player with a high floor." – Yahoo's Eric Edhold

"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. Robinson is a projection-oriented two­gapper 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." –'s Lance Zierlein

Fun Fact

Growing up, Robinson was so much bigger than other kids that his mom had to bring his birth certificate to games because opposing coaches would question his age so frequently. "He's always been big for his age," his mother Abigail told "I called him the man child." At this year's media day for the Cotton Bowl, Robinson told reporters that most people think he's 35 years old and a coach when they meet him. Here's a photo of Robinson dwarfing an opponent during a basketball game in high school.

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Robinson has a sense of humor when it comes to meeting with the media.

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