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Road to the NFL Draft: A’Shawn Robinson

Position: Defensive tackle.

School: Alabama.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-4, 307 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 5.20 seconds. Bench press: 22 reps. Vertical jump: 26 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 10 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.80 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.74 seconds.

Career stats: 42 games, 133 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 9 sacks.

Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Exceptionally powerful, but also has plenty of athleticism and the versatility to play in any defensive scheme and anywhere on the line. … Ideal fit as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense or five-technique in a 3-4. … Recently turned 21, so his upside figures to be almost limitless. … Nicknamed the “Man Child,” his mother kept his birth certificate in her purse because of the frequent need to prove his age as while he was competing in youth sports. … Tremendous run-stuffer, despite constantly drawing double-team blocks, but pass-rushing skills still need work. … Shows excellent quickness off the ball. … Outstanding lower-body strength makes him difficult for blockers to move. … Shows good lateral range and hip flexibility. … Excellent recognition of what the offense is showing and ball awareness. … Tends to play a bit too upright, which can cost him leverage. … Needs to become more explosive.

They said it: “When you watch the Crimson Tide film, you notice that they rotate their defensive linemen. Because of that, Robinson doesn’t register the numbers that some defensive linemen do. I don’t worry about that, because I can see the talent. In 2004 with the Bears, we drafted Tommie Harris, who also played in a rotation and didn’t have great stats. Before injuries curtailed his career, Harris was the best three-technique in the NFL.” – Former NFL scout and current draft analyst Greg Gabriel.

– Vic Carucci

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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