Report: Steelers To Bring In Alabama DE A’Shawn Robinson For Visit

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Another pre-draft visit name has trickled out. The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly set to bring in Alabama defensive end A’Shawn Robinson, per KDKA’s Richie Walsh.

Robinson certainly looks the part standing in at 6’3/5 307 with 34 1/2 inch arms. His athleticism is not particularly special though, jumping 26 inches in the vertical and 8’10” in the broad. Declaring early as a junior, he racked up 22 TFL and 9 sacks in his Bama career. Though many in media circles aren’t fans of his game, he is only 20 years old and has room to grow.

He could very well be on the board when the Steelers decide on the 25th pick. Robinson is the first known defensive linemen to visit with the Steelers and is the 11th overall. Our Luc Polglaze will have a report on him in the next day or two.

Let’s just hope Robinson isn’t going to Arizona, instead.

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  • Jared Gallagher

    No, this guy is literally just a big body taking up space, will never be able to rush the pass

  • T3xassteelers

    Would he fit the mould as a DT or DE more? How was he in taking up blockers?

  • draframe1

    That’s what he does- takes up blockers. Disappears for long stretches and doesn’t rush the qb very well. Pass

  • Lost Loves

    Robinson is better than what most draft experts think. I’ve watched many Bama games and dude is hard to run through. Some guys can’t be judged by numbers and this guy is a monster. If you want Shazier and Timmons staying clean then this is your man.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    So… If we drafted him… Robinson would play Cam Heyward’s position, right? … Okay, just checking…

  • PittsburghSports

    One thing to keep in mind is the Steelers had 2 big days in a row at Clemson and Ohio St the days after Bama’s pro day, so maybe we’re just catching up since we couldn’t make it there. Not one of my favorite D Line guys, but in the 2nd-3rd rd I’d consider it. Gonna head to draftbreakdown and try and convince myself to like him, if I can ever get the site to load.

  • WreckIess

    He’s a good classic NT in my eyes. He’s a good two down stuffer in my eyes, but I don’t know if he’s strong enough to play on that third down.

  • Pricopea

    20 years old!? This dude look like he at least 40

  • Conserv_58

    It’s smoke-n-mirrors time leading up to the draft. The Steelers are not going to tip their hat as to which players they are going to target in any particular round. This visit could be nothing more than a smoke screen to keep other teams, especially their division rivals, guessing. History has shown that most of their draft picks come from players that they have brought in for visits, but they have also selected players that they have had a keen interest in and whom did not come in for a visit.

  • Michael James

    Well, he is a very good run stopper, I’ll give him that. But I’ve watched all of his available games on draftbreakdown and he simply generates zero pressure on the QB. By zero i mean zero. Even Jarran Reed, who isn’t a good pass rusher, generates more pressure.

  • CP72

    I don’t know when being a good run defender became a negative trait. Sure we want guys that can rush the passer, but our biggest complaint with Cam Thomas was he got washed out on running plays.

    6’3″plus, 300 pounds plus, 34″ arms, 20 years old….talk about checking a lot of boxes. Robinson wouldn’t be at the top of my list for 1st rounders, but I can see why he’s intriguing.

  • CP72

    You almost have wonder if that’s what Saban wanted these guys to do. Have Reed and Robinson tie up two guys and then you have all the guys behind them running to the football.

  • CP72

    I did some you tube scouting on Robinson. He was constantly jacking guys back into the backfield. If he got those big long arms extended the offensive lineman was heading backwards.

  • 58Steel

    With a limited number of pre-draft visits, I don’t believe the Steelers would throw one away as a “diversion.” If the Steelers don’t get a 3 down guy (Billings), they could look at a run-stuffer, such as Robinson.

  • steelburg

    I’m a Vernon Butler guy! He can start at NT for. Us with Big Dan serving as his back up and when they give Tuitt, and Heyward a break Butler can slide over he has the athleticism and size to do both.

  • AndyR34

    Yes…only problem is he’s not from a power 5 conference

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Colbert has said that they like to also bring in guys who are underclassmen because they do not have as much information on them as seniors and Ashawn fits that.

  • johnhoien

    Andrew Billings please.. I just don’t think Billings will be there @ 25

  • Jeremy McClurg

    He’s incredibly overrated, so this scares me. I’ve watched at least 10 games of his, and he’s a late 3rd imo

  • Lost Loves

    Robinson is one of the better 2 gap NT/DE combo player in this draft. There are plenty of times when he bends the OL backward as he pushes the pocket. He is a better interior rusher. If he is there in 2nd round, I would possibly take him.

  • LucasY59

    I think they would try and get him to take snaps at NT and rotate with the DEs, but I agree that taking Robinson in the 1st isnt that great since he is bestt suited to play a position where they already have 2 very good players and he would be a rotational guy (aka not the greatest use of a 1st rd pick)

  • LucasY59

    I agree Robinson is a guy that I am wary of (think he has potential to be good, but also potential to bust, not sure if his success/”talent” is a product of Bama’s system or if he is a legit 1st rd talent)

    I think it is very unlikely he makes it to the Steelers 2nd pick (so you will have a hard time convincing yourself to like him as a 1st rd pick, and wont have to worry about considering him in the 3rd)

    It might just be hype that makes him a top 50 pick, but I am pretty sure he gets picked by then

  • LucasY59

    I agree there is some due dilligence in this visit (thought they could possibly bring in Reed as well) and also some smokescreen (but dont think it will help make any difference in Billings being available at 25, the obvious DL player they want at 25)

  • LucasY59

    and dont think he is as young as Robinson or Billings

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I noticed that too lol. That vertical is pretty bad 26″.