Alton Robinson Bringing the Edge Rush

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Alton Robinson had a rocky start in his early college career due to off-field issues.  He had a scholarship from Texas A&M but Robinson faced a robbery charge after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend before going.  This cost him the A&M offer. The charge was later dismissed.

He signed with Northeast Oklahoma A&M and earned second-team all-conference honors and ranked third among junior college players with 14 sacks. Syracuse gave him a chance, and he started 10 of 12 games.   Alton played tallied up 30 tackles, six for loss, and five sacks. Robinson garnering second-team All-ACC honors and was named the Syracuse Orange‘s Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman after posting a team-high 17 tackles for loss and 10 sacks (ranking second in the conference) in 12 starts. He earned honorable mention all-conference selection with 46 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, and three pass breakups in 12 starts as a senior.

Alton Robinson has the potential to become a disruptive factor in NFL backfields with a skilled approach. Robinson has the burst and bend to become a premier pass rusher.   He will be able to grow as a player in a Jim Schwartz led defense. This would allow him to make his counters become less predictable. Alton has strength but could use work on his technique. For more NFL draft coverage click here.

Strengths

  • Possesses traits for NFL disruption
  • Great Initial movements
  • Anticipates snap and rockets upfield
  • Speed, bend, and agility to flatten to QB in a hurry
  • Seeks out strip-sack opportunities
  • Elusive when allowed to play in gaps
  • Can’t be left unblocked on the backside
  • Captures backs before they hit the hole
  • Low pads and fluid lateral transitions for B-gap attack

Weaknesses

  • Below-average length along the edge
  • Needs to be more explosiveness into blockers
  • Footwork can use work
  • Needs the discipline to control the throttle
  • Rush is speed reliant and lacks diversity Quick hands need to become deliberate and violent

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