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Getting to know new Lion A'Shawn Robinson

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
A'Shawn Robinson

Drafted: No. 46 in the second round by the Lions.

Position: Defensive tackle.

College: Alabama.

High school: Arlington Heights, Fort Worth, Texas.

Height / weight: 6-4 / 320.

Age: 21 (March 21, 1995)

Pre-draft projection: First round

At Alabama: First-team All-American as a junior in 2015. ... One of three finalists for Outland Trophy, given to nation's top interior lineman. ... Made 46 tackles, with 7.5 for loss (three sacks), to go with 10 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, forced fumble and fumble recovery. ... As a sophomore in 2014, was named a preseason All-American. ... Made 49 tackles, with 6.5 for loss, to go with four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, forced fumble and blocked PAT. ... Shined in SEC championship game vs. Missouri, with career-high nine tackles, three for loss. ... As a freshman in 2013, led team with 5.5 sackles, and had 38 tackles, eight for loss. Also blocked a kick and had five quarterback hurries.

Scouting report, per NFL.com: Strengths -- Huge legs, rarely misses a target, strong leadership skills in locker room. Played just 57 percent of Alabama's snaps the last two seasons. Weaknesses -- Has issues with leverage and pass-rushing.

Interesting tidbit: Per al.com, he didn't send in paperwork to the Draft Advisory Committee in search of where he might be drafted; he trusted coach Nick Saban's sources, who suggested he would go in the first round.

Early retirement: Robinson quit tackle football after his first practice, at age 4, according to al.com. Mom, who had paid for the season, was having none of that.

Big beginnings: So physically advanced, his mother would have to carry around his birth certificate, just in case youth coaches had doubts, which they often did.

They said it: "When he blocked somebody, I never saw a time when he didn't block them off the video screen." -- Arlington Heights High School coach Phil Young, to al.com, on his first impressions of Robinson.

He said it: "About 35 ... they think I'm a coach." -- Robinson, asked at the combine by Fox Sports how old folks usually think he is.