A'Shawn RobinsonDT Alabama

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The Alabama Three: Part II.

By TOM

I think one of the reasons Reed and Robinson fell is because they played for such a talented defense. It makes them seem less attractive as they seem to make less plays on tape. They were subbed in and out a lot. Because there were so many guys making plays around them, it is harder for the two to make plays. They play in a team oriented defense. A schemed up defense like the Pats. The Players do their job and that is it, and their job was to stuff the run and occupy blockers first.

Ten years ago they both would have been top ten picks. Both guys remind me a lot of Marcellus Darius. Huge run stuffers who will get bigger as they get in an NFL weight room. Like Darius, neither are elite inside rushers. But they all have sudden and surprising inside bursts every game where they hit the QB, and when these two guys hit the QB they hurt him more them most. These two guys scare the crap out of QBs when they burst up the middle. 

They were the force in the middle of the only defense you could say might be better than Ohio State's over the past two years. "We push each other day in, day put." Robinson said about Reed. "Coach Bo [Davis] took nothing less from us. Us two being side-by-side, we've been the two best players in the country since he [Jarran] came in before my sophomore year. We always push each other to be the best in the country." They were the best in the country inside.

They work together so well, even in the predraft process. "It's a blessing, honestly," Robinson said. "Being able to come out here in front of all of these NFL teams, and showing what we can do. Showing we're not just gap fillers, we actually can move and stuff. It was great to be able to show those guys, and it's just a blessing to be out here." It's funny how close they went to each other in the Draft. They only went three picks apart. 

They really were competing against each other for Draft position. But they didn't let it bother them. "It's nothing competitive," Robinson said. "It's about pushing each other and getting each other better. It doesn't matter who goes first. We want the best for each other." Robinson went 46, and Reed went 49. 

They may not hit the QB at the rate to make them great, but they will play in the NFL for a long time. "I love 'em," Mayock said. "They’re both in my top five. It's the best interior line class I’ve ever seen, and both of those kids are going to play early and often and play for 10 years." They both will be successful in the NFL.

They will be successful in the NFL because they occupy blockers. "They played on one of the best defenses in the country, and they were both bell-cows." Saban said. "And great leaders and affected other guys on the team in a positive way. I think they have tremendous size, tremendous ability. I think whoever gets them, wherever they get picked, they are going to have a great career." You had to have three if not four blockers hit them every play or you couldn't run your offense.

One of the reason the Alabama defense worked is because Reed and Robinson were able to consistently occupy three blockers inside. "I love them," Mayock said. "They’re both in my top five. It’s the best interior line class I’ve ever seen, and both of those kids are going to play early and often and play for 10 years" This freed things up for other guys like Ragland and the other Reed. Jonathan Reed was the real treasure at Alabama. He would have been a top ten in this years Draft. But all the outside rushers would not have been as effective as they were without Jarran and A'Shawn inside. They pushed the interior blockers back, and made QBs take their eyes off everything else. 

Ragland became a viable option in the rush, because Reed and Robinson occupied three guys inside, and Ragland was able to get pressure off the edge, because the O-line didn't have enough guys left to block him. Johnathan Reed, Robinson, and Reed often occupied four or five blockers in the rush. This allowed the little speed rushers and Ragland to go unblocked often enough to hit the quarterback. 

But make no mistake, Robinson and Reed gave the push inside and occupied the blockers enough to make all the little rushers around them better. Robinson is the better athlete, and has more sudden and dynamic rushes to hit the QB than Reed, but Reed is the more dynamic against the run. He was Alabama's nose tackle, and he played that run stuffing position extremely well.  

Additional Notes

 

SOPHOMORE (2014): A preseason All-American who started 13 games along the defensive line ... honorable mention All-SEC by the Assocatied Press ... started at nose tackle with extra defensive backs in the game and at the five-technique defensive end in the Crimson Tide's base 3-4 alignment ... played in all 14 games for the Crimson Tide ... finished with 49 tackles on the season with 6.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), a forced fumble, four quarterback hurries, three pass deflections and a blocked PAT ... earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors following the Ole Miss game.

A&M: Played the inside run well again this season, but didn't get up field as much as he was expected to. When he reads it right he can get to the RB in the backfield fast. He is excellent stunter. It is stunning how many times Robinson and Reed take on three or four blockers in the middle of the line. When he is singled he finds the RB at the LOS. Great size and length. He can make the ORG look small. He gets high sometimes. He needs to stay and play low. He uses his long powerful arms very well.

Auburn: Great speed for a 315 pound guy.  He has some speed to the outside. You have to get your hands on him or you are done. He can use his hands to get to either side of the O-linemen. I think he is the best inside run stuffer of the 5-techs, when he stays and plays low. He didn't have a sack in 2014, but he had three coming into the Auburn game. Nice lateral moves inside to get to the RB. Plays with his arms extended so he can move around while engaged with blockers. Absorbs doubles like cake. Consistently takes on doubles.

Georgia: Played the inside run well again this season, but didn't get up field as much as he was expected to. He is such a huge powerful run stuffer, but what will get him in the 1st is that he does have some slipperiness in the rush. He will break free towards the QB more than the other big DTs on Alabama. He doesn't always move up field first, as they give him a lot of run first responsibilities. He is such a nice bull rusher right in front of the QB. He des a nice job getting the outside shoulder of the OG and getting to the QB.

Mississippi State: He will impressively chase a WR 15-yards down field, and make the tackle. He is so good at stacking and shedding at the point. Continues to be a pocket closer on passing down. He also had a Sack against Miss ST. He will burst outside the OG and get a free run at the QB sometimes. I love his hand placement. He is so tough to run at right in the middle of the line. Takes on doubles a ton to free up the linebacker to run to the ball. Pushes the pocket back nicely.

JUNIOR (2015): A force along the Tide’s defensive front ... named consensus All-American in 2015, earning first-team votes from the Sporting News, Associated Press, FWAA and AFCA ... also earned second-team nods from Walter Camp and USA Today … selected as one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman on offense or defense ... a disruptive force on the inside, 38 of his 46 tackles came on runs with 7.5 for a loss (-25 yards), while adding 10 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... named a Bednarik Award semifinalist along with teammate Reggie Ragland ... earned defensive player of the week accolades from the Alabama coaching staff for his efforts against Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, at Georgia, and against Arkansas and LSU. Wisconsin: Made his presence known on the defensive line, drawing in blocks and helping create space for the Tide linebackers.

Combine- 6-3.5, 307, (U) 5.19-5.2 Split-1.84-1.79,   (DT), Alabama- He is so big, and he can move around a little in space. "I thought both Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson showed the potential to give you something as a pass rusher even though they don't have the numbers to support it in terms of sack production," Savage said. "I thought Jarran had a really good position workout. And with A'Shawn, you have to remember that he's 20 years old, and he's a man-child at almost 6-4, 315 to 320 pounds. People see an upside potential in him, especially if they can draw some pass rush out of him." Amazing feet moving sideways in bag drill. He has some explosion in his hips that he can use to give a heavy hit. He hops to the right nicely. Surprising agility and bursts sometimes. Robinson is a fireplug. You are just not going to move him out of the middle. "Playing in this conference and doing the things I've done has really helped me and prepared me," A'Shawn said. "I think I bring a lot with everything I can do, I can do a little bit of everything. There are a lot of special players in the draft, but I feel like I do a lot of things better than other people." 3-4 teams are going to be looking at him as a Nose Tackle. He is an old school D-Tackle, who will stop the run first and foremost. "He's a big, wide-bodied, put-together, athletic kid," a scout said. "It's hard to budge him unless he's taking a gap. He plays sound, he's great with his hands vs. the run. It's tough for double-teams to move him, and he can get slippery as a pass rusher." Plus, he has a few surprising bursts up field where he scares the crap out of the quarterback every game.

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Reed, Robinson, and Ragland Vs Tennessee:

Reed is right on the Nose. He takes on the double, and gets overwhelmed by a wave of blockers. But he holds up, and somehow comes up with the tackle. That is an unbelievable play (:01). Robinson pushes off the OLT, and slides over behind Reed, and helps him stop the wave. Ragland dances around outside the traffic as he tries to find the RB, and then just tries to push the pile back.

Watch Reed slip inside the block of the ORT, and then punch off the ORG with his inside arm. He gets pressure on the QB (:12). Robinson tries to hop through the double and is stopped. So he punch it off to free himself. Ragland is the right ILB. He shuffles inside, and then sees the QB's eyes and heads back the other way.

Reed stays at NT, with Robinson as the Blindside 5-tech. Both stack their blockers, but can't shed. Ragland gets trapped inside as well (:20). Reed gets trapped by the double, and swims over it too late (:42). Ragland is lined up as the left ILB. Watch him slide to the right. Then give a shake and avoid a blocker. Then he goes and makes the tackle. 

Reed gets stuck fighting the double. Robinson gets stuck on the OLT. Ragland shuffles outside to cover the RB (:51). Reed uses some nice technique. He uses the shoulder slap to get into the Rip, and starts to get up field so the OC doubles him (:59). Robinson gets in a nice shoulder punch, and watch how he grabs the OLT's arm and shoves it off. He needs to do more with that. You get a good look at Ragland coming in late to pick up #1.

Ragland shows some speed getting outside to hit the RB but can't bring him down (1:08). Watch this great push by Robinson and Reed. This is why they will help their teams in the NFL. Reed gets doubled by the OG, and Robinson by the RB. That is four blockers they occupied in that rush, and Robinson still got up in the QB's face. Ragland reads the play action. Then Zone drops, and gives a chuck to the TE flying by (1:20). This is a nice play. Watch Robinson slice inside to the RB. He has him in his sights, and then is chop blocked by the double team (1:36). Watch Reed use his hands to hold off the double team and keep his feet free to go find the RB. That is four blockers they occupied again, and this leaves Ragland free destroy the RB at the LOS, and tackle him straight back on his butt.

Robinson takes on the double, which allows Reed to power through the outside shoulder of the ORG, and knock his feet back into the QB's feet as he throws to cause the bad pass. It also allows the DE next Robinson to find an inside lane to the QB. Ragland takes away the RB sneaking out of the backfield in coverage (1:46). Robinson faces one blocker and makes the tackle (1:55). Reed faces one blocker and slides over behind Robinson and catches the RB. Ragland uses his hands and feet nicely to hold off the blocker and slides in front of the RB.

Ragland shows his speed to the outside, makes the TE miss his block, and takes the QB down at the LOS (2:02). Ragland shifts outside a little as the RB options behind the QB. Then watch the jolt forward as he goes and gets the little scatback (2:21). You have to attack the edges when Robinson and Reed are in the middle together. 

Robinson has a sudden blast off sometimes, but mostly he is slow and steady to the QB. He needs to get to the QB more to be great in the NFL. You get a good look at Ragland's nice feet and COD zone dropping in coverage, as he dances around the box eyeing the QB (2:28). Watch the quick swim by Robinson. That is a great little move that forces the OC to double. Notice how he keeps his eye on the QB and when the QB bails he goes and gets a hit on him (2:37). Watch Ragland move around spying the QB. He keeps his eyes on him, and he shows some suddenness changing direction twice.

Watch Robinson split the triple team (2:48). Reed and Robinson look like twins taking on the blockers at the point with their hands. Shoving them up and going and getting the RB (2:58). Robinson on the Nose. He gets outside and sets the edge, as the Alabama rushers are over loading the other side. But when the QB takes off the other way he looses the edge by just a fingernail (3:33). Again, Ragland shows more quicks and COD than you'd think he has spying the QB. But he gets tricked by the QB as well. However, he gets all the way across the field and forces the QB out of bounds.

Robinson and Reed take on three blockers to stuff the middle of the field again. Watch Reed stack the ORG inside, and shed him as he goes back outside to catch the RB. That is great run defense at the point. And of course Ragland plays his position perfectly. Uses his feet to hop around in front of the RB, and gets in on the tackle (3:58). Just watch this tackle by Robinson. A stack and shed DL cannot play it any better than that. Reed also does a great job absorbing the double team hit and falling onto the QBs legs (4:08). I mean, that is what those guys do. They do it quarter after quarter, and game after game. They will bring that consistency to the NFL.

Watch Robinson use his great hands and feet to fight the OLG back into the QB (4:31). Ragland uses his quicks to get outside (4:51). Ragland is one of those guys who seems to play better in the 2nd half. Watch him use his feet to move around the OG, find the RB and knock him down (5:09). Robinson, two or three times a game, shows some burst going up field. Watch his great hands and feet and he skips inside and shoves the OLG away from his shirt with great hand placement and heaviness (5:43). Then he just misses that rascally rabbit again.

Okay this is a great pay by Robinson. He takes on the double, but watch how he subtle moves away from the OC to open up a hole inside. The OC realizes he is too far out of position and abandons the double. But Robinson has his eye on the QB the whole time. So when he team mate slaps the ball out he is able to scoop it up with one hand, and almost score. He is a freakish athlete who played basketball in high school (6:46). Ragland, Robinson and Reed are all olde tyme football players who still have to have a place in the NFL. They are better against the run than the pass, but that doesn't mean they can't be used on passing downs. 

Robinson Vs Tennessee :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAjMgs5G0b4

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Robinson's Official Bio:

JUNIOR (2015): A force along the Tide’s defensive front ... named consensus All-American in 2015, earning first-team votes from the Sporting News, Associated Press, FWAA and AFCA ... also earned second-team nods from Walter Camp and USA Today … selected as one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman on offense or defense ... a disruptive force on the inside, 38 of his 46 tackles came on runs with 7.5 for a loss (-25 yards), while adding 10 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... named a Bednarik Award semifinalist along with teammate Reggie Ragland ... earned defensive player of the week accolades from the Alabama coaching staff for his efforts against Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, at Georgia, and against Arkansas and LSU. Wisconsin: Made his presence known on the defensive line, drawing in blocks and helping create space for the Tide linebackers ... finished the opener with one assisted tackle and a quarterback hurry ... was key in limiting the Badgers to just 40 yards rushing on 21 total attempts. Middle Tennessee: Collected five tackles, including one for a loss (-1 yard) ... also notched a quarterback hurry as the junior was a presence in the Blue Raider backfield all day. Ole Miss: Totaled three tackles with one quarterback hurry on the night ... helped limit the Rebel rushing attack to just 92 total yards. ULM: Made his way into the Warhawk backfield, hurrying the quarterback twice and breaking up one pass ... helped limit the ULM rushers to just nine yards on the ground. Georgia: Demanded double-teams to open up holes for linebackers against the Bulldog rushing attack ... notched a season-high tying five tackles while helping to keep the Bulldogs under 300 yards of offense by day’s end. Arkansas: Finished with five tackles to rank second on the team ... also added one quarterback hurry ... helped limit the Arkansas rushing attack to just 44 yards rushing, 160 below their season average entering the night. Texas A&M: Notched four tackles, including half a stop for a loss (-1 yard), while adding a quarterback hurry against the Aggies ... helped limit the Aggie rushing attack to only 32 yards on the ground. Tennessee: Recovered the Vol fumble after a huge sack from Ryan Anderson late in the fourth quarter to help secure a victory for Alabama ... also added three tackles, one for a loss (-5 yards), half a sack (-4 yards) and one quarterback hurry ... helped anchor a Tide front seven that recorded five sacks and eight quarterback hurries. LSU: Blew through the Tiger offensive front, collecting three unassisted tackles, including two for a loss (-3 yards) while recording one pass breakup ... also blocked a point-after-touchdown attempt, leaping over the LSU line and then jumping in front of the kick to hold the Tigers to 16 points ... helped limit Leonard Fournette, the nation’s leading rusher who entered the game averaging over 200 yards a game, to just 31 total yards on 19 carries. Mississippi State: A dominant force up front for the Crimson Tide ... set a career-high mark with 2.5 sacks (-13 yards) ... made five total tackles and helped limit the Bulldogs to 89 yards rushing. Charleston Southern: Had two tackles with one solo stop … helped limit the Buccaneers to just 134 total yards, including just 85 on the ground. Auburn: Recorded three tackles with a solo stop … helped limit the Tigers to just 91 rushing yards and only 265 total yards. Florida: Helped limit the Gators to just 15 yards rushing and 180 total yards … had three tackles with a solo stop and half of a sack (-2 yards) … added a quarterback hurries. Michigan State: Broke free into the Spartan backfield on numerous occasions, finishing with one tackle and one quarterback hurry ... applied pressure to the MSU quarterback, helping to force two interceptions and a 19-of-32 day for 210 total yards through the air ... also plugged holes along the line to limit the Spartan rushing attack to only 29 yards on the ground. Clemson: Started his final game with the Crimson Tide, notching three stops along the defensive front.

SOPHOMORE (2014): A preseason All-American who started 13 games along the defensive line ... honorable mention All-SEC by the Assocatied Press ... started at nose tackle with extra defensive backs in the game and at the five-technique defensive end in the Crimson Tide's base 3-4 alignment ... played in all 14 games for the Crimson Tide ... finished with 49 tackles on the season with 6.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), a forced fumble, four quarterback hurries, three pass deflections and a blocked PAT ... earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors following the Ole Miss game. FAU: Logged four tackles with two solo stops while limiting the Owls to 57 yards rushing and just 145 total yards ... notched half of a tackle for loss (-1 yard). Southern Miss: Knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage in his second start of the season ... added one assisted tackle as the Tide limited USM to just 56 yards rushing. Florida: Registered a quarterback hurry and one assisted tackle as the Tide limited the Gators to just 200 total yards. Ole Miss: Earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors after blocking a critical point-after touchdown late in the fourth quarter, giving Alabama a chance to win ... added three assisted tackles and half of a tackle for loss (-1 yard). Arkansas: Made five tackles with two solo stops and 1.5 tackles (-1 yard) for loss while forcing his first career fumble. Texas A&M: Had one quarterback hurry and helped limit the SEC's top-ranked offense to just 172 yards, 393 yards below its average, and 31 yards rushing. Tennessee: Recorded a career-high seven tackles with two solo stops and half of a tackle for loss (-2 yards). LSU: Equaled his career-high with seven tackles versus the Tigers ... recorded one solo stop and helped limit LSU to just 3.3 yards per rush on 56 carries. Mississippi State: Matched his career high for the second straight game with seven tackles ... had half of a tackle for loss (-1 yard) and knocked down a Dak Prescott pass as his Tide defense held MSU's vaunted rushing attack to 117 yards below its average. Auburn: Made three tackles with a solo stop while recording one quarterback hurry in the win over the Tigers. Missouri: Registered a career-high three tackles for loss (-5 yards) while making a career-best nine total tackles ... had five solo stops and added one quarterback hurry. Ohio State: Made two solo tackles against the Buckeyes and batted down one pass.

FRESHMAN (2013): A true freshman who made an immediate impact on the Alabama defensive line ... earned first team Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News and named to the league coaches' Freshman All-SEC team ... a reserve on the interior of the line who was in the regular rotation ... played in all 13 games with two starts (Georgia State and Tennessee) ... his 38 tackles included 15 solo stops ... led the team with 5.5 sacks (34 yards) while his eight tackles for loss (40 yards) ranked second ... added and a blocked kick and five quarterback hurries ... named Athlon National Freshman of the Week following the Kentucky game and a three-time Alabama Defensive Player of the Week (Georgia State, Kentucky & Mississippi State). Virginia Tech: Had two assisted tackles in his debut in an Alabama uniform. Texas A&M: Registered the lone sack of Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel for a loss of five yards ... finished with three total tackles, including one solo stop. Colorado State: In his first game at Bryant-Denny, recorded a sack for a loss of five yards. Ole Miss: Made three solo tackles in 25-0 shutout of the Rebels while amassing two quarterback hurries. Georgia State: Earned team Defensive Player of the Week honors in his first start ... had one sack (2 yards) in 45-3 win. Kentucky: Had his way with the Wildcats offensive front, registering two sacks for 14 yards and six total tackles ... had five solo stops and helped hold 'Cats to 170 total yards, earning Tide Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight game. Tennessee: Matched his season high with six tackles, all assisted ... started his second career game ... added two quarterback hurries in 45-10 Alabama win. LSU: Had one quarterback hurry against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Registered five tackles and his team-leading fifth sack of the season (5 yards) ... finished with two solo stops and helped limit the Bulldogs to 197 total yards and 53 yards rushing. Chattanooga: Logged three assisted tackles and blocked his first career kick ... batted down 48-yard attempt by UTC's Nick Pollard. Auburn: Totaled five tackles with two half tackles for loss (6 yards) and half of a sack (5 yards) ... had four assisted tackles and one solo. Oklahoma: Recorded a tackle for a loss of three yards and totaled two tackles against the Sooners. 

DEFENSE G SOLO ASST. TOTAL SACKS/YDS TFL/YARDS FF FR P DEF INT/YDS
2013 13 15 23 38 5.5 / 34 8 / 40 -- -- -- --
2014 14 16 33 49 -- 6.5 / 11 1 -- 3 --
2015 15 18 28 46 3.5 / 19 7.5 / 25 -- 1 2 --
TOTAL 42 49 84 133 9 / 53 22 / 76 1 1 5 --

 

 

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