Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Pick 16 Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions- DT A’shawn Robinson (Alabama)

Detroit needs to re-load up front with the losses of Ndamakung Suh and Nick Fairley in recent years coupled with the aging Haloti Ngata on his last legs.  Tyrunn Walker is the other projected starter up front next to Ngata.  Robinson broke out in 2015 being named a consensus All-American on the way to a national championship with Alabama.  He has the body for an NFL interior linemen and his massive legs make it a challenge to move him off his spot.  He will help a Lions defense which ranked 19th in the league last season allowing 113 rushing yards per game.  Scouts believe his power will allow him to match the physicality in the NFL right away and he’s also been praised for his leadership ability which is rare amongst rookies.  Robinson tends to play too upright which makes it easier on linemen to get below his pad level.  He still lacks in the pass rushing department and relies on the up field bull rush to create his pressure.  As is the case with many young players he still has work to do, but his power would benefit the Lions rebuild on the defensive line.  Robinson paired with defensive end Ziggy Ansah could be a nightmare for offensive coordinators in a couple of years.


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