TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson’s stock perhaps fluctuated the most among Alabama’s highly-rated NFL draft prospects, .
Some projections had Robinson going late in the first round as analysts questioned his motor. Others slated the Crimson Tide’s defensive stalwart as a top-15 lock.
He had to wait until Friday, but Robinson was selected at No. 46 by the Detroit Lions in the second round. He was one of two Alabama juniors to enter the draft early this year (Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry being the other). Robinson was picked one spot after Henry.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has a longstanding policy of encouraging underclassmen who receive first-round draft grades to forego their senior seasons and enter the draft.
Robinson, Reggie Ragland and Jarran Reed were the three outgoing Tide players on hand for the draft in Chicago.
Robinson, who is from Forth Worth, Texas, finished his junior year with 46 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a blocked kick.
During his three years in Tuscaloosa, Robinson played every position along the defensive line and played them well while often taking on double teams from opponents.
A three-year contributor at Alabama, Robinson has the power and speed to start for a long time in the NFL.