Mel and Todd pick A’Shawn Robinson for Denver Broncos


2016 NFL Draft: ESPN NFL Draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay did a mock draft and picked Alabama DL A’Shawn Robinson for the Denver Broncos

Could the Denver Broncos really come away from the 2016 NFL Draft with Alabama defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson?

It would be incredible, and ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. predicted it in their collaborative first-round mock draft…

If this happens, I’d likely dance around my living room like an idiot. As the Alabama Crimson Tide are the most recent NCAA football champions, I would covet the opportunity to see one of their best defenders playing for the Broncos, especially Robinson, who is a versatile defensive force.

Goodbye, Malik Jackson. Hello, A’Shawn.

Robinson is projected as a top 20 selection by many, but if he falls in the first round — especially to the bottom — the Broncos would be foolish not to take him and fill one of the top voids remaining on the roster. Here’s what the experts over at NFL Mocks had to say about Robinson’s NFL prospects:

“A’Shawn Robinson is an absolute monster when he wants to be. He is the kind of defensive tackle that a team can insert into their starting lineup from day one regardless of scheme. Robinson will test well during the combine and most likely be an early first round selection come draft time. I graded him out as a top-15 player and is someone who will contribute from day one.”

Here are some of Robinson’s highlights:

This is just a nasty player who can win with brute force seemingly at will, but he also plays with athleticism. With the coaching he’d receive in Denver, the sky is the limit. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Broncos try and jump up a few spots for him if he starts falling into the 20s, but also in this scenario is Paxton Lynch at the 29th pick. The Broncos would certainly be vying to trade up for him should that happen as well…