Alabama’s A’Shawn Robinson to the New Orleans Saints in Todd McShay’s latest NFL Mock Draft


Noted ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay released his latest NFL Mock Draft, and it has the New Orleans Saints addressing the defensive side of the ball once again.

McShay chose Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson for the black and gold at No. 12 overall. McShay’s first mock draft paired Jarran Reed, Robinson’s partner in crime, to the Saints, and his second mock draft had Robinson.

Here’s what he had to say about the choice:

"New Orleans Saints: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama Robinson is never going to be a guy who puts up huge numbers or blows away the athletic tests in Indy, but if you’re looking for an interior D-lineman to plug holes and occupy blockers, this is your guy. On tape, he consistently stands up opposing linemen and pushes them into the backfield. He does a good job of tracking the ball and redirecting for someone who’s 307 pounds. Tough, physical and imposing, Robinson is exactly the type of player the Saints need to change their identity on defense."

Robinson, who stands at 6-foot-4, is a player who could play on the interior or edge on a team’s defensive line. With the Saints giving up 129.8 rushing yards per game last season (31st overall), Robinson would be able to plug-in as a rotational player to help impact Dennis Allen’s squad. I would be intrigued to see Robinson lined up along side of Tyeler Davison, as both have a mean and forceful streak to their play that could be appealing.

From McShay’s mock draft, which you can view here (requires ESPN Insider access), Oregon’s DeForest Buckner (No. 3 – San Diego Chargers), UCLA’s Myles Jack (No. 8 – Miami Dolphins), and Clemson’s Shaq Lawson (No. 11 – Chicago Bears) were already off the board. The Saints figure to be heavy players in free agency for improving their defense, which could change their strategy for the draft.