It had been 17 years since the Seattle Seahawks took any player from Syracuse, and 30 years since they drafted a Syracuse defensive player. The long drought is over after the Seahawks selected defensive end Alton Robinson in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Robinson amassed 19 sacks in three seasons with the Orange, peaking in 2018 with ten. Based on scouting reports, he is very much geared towards the pass rush and a bit of a liability in run defense. Here’s the profile from NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Twitched-up edge rusher with exciting potential to become a disruptive factor in NFL backfields with a more skilled and willful approach. Robinson has the burst and bend to become a pass rushing problem for tackles early in his career, but his approach is too “one-trick” and needs workable counters to become less predictable. As a run defender, he has enough strength, but lacks consistent technique and instincts. He’s worthy of consideration as a designated rusher while he smooths out the kinks and could take a big leap forward with better skill and control.
If you want to be hyped up a little more about his ability to get after the quarterback, he spent some time working with Cliff Avril earlier this offseason.
New Seahawks DE Alton Robinson says he trained in Bellevue, worked with Cliff Avril during pre-draft process. Robinson also went to high school with Seahawks CB Tre Flowers.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) April 25, 2020
Lot of connections here.
Here’s a look at his highlight reel.