Syracuse defensive end Alton Robinson recently accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Senior Bowl Director Jim Nagy recently told Fansided’s Paul A. Esden Jr. that Robinson has been at the top of their big board since spring.
“He’s a player that we really think highly of,” Nagy told Esden. “Finding pass rushers at the next level is imperative. You aren’t going to be a good football team if you can’t affect the quarterback.
“Robinson’s ability to do that has put him squarely on our board for the last 10 months and he hasn’t moved. It’s a fluid process and players often move up and down our board, but even with his numbers down this year from 2018, the traits are there.”
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The bad news? There’s no telling what kind of impact – if any – the team’s 3-6 record and 0-5 ACC mark will have on their draft stock.
The two have similar measureables and statistics.
Robinson, a 6-4, 260-pound senior, has 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6.5 TFLs, 7 QBHs, 3 PBs and 1 FF this season. He also comes with a few off-the-field red flags that teams will have to look into before the draft.
His teammate, Coleman, is a 6-3, 253-pound senior with 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6.5 TFLs, 5 QBHs and 1 PB this season.
That’s probably not what the team was hoping for out of those two.
And the Boston College game won’t help their draft stock, either. The Eagles scored 58 points and ran the ball 65 times as Syracuse surrendered a school-record 496 yards rushing.
Hey, even the edge guys gotta’ help stop the run.
“From a production standpoint, I think they were benefited last year from having a really good defensive tackle, Chris Slayton, who was drafted in the (seventh) round by the Giants,” Syracuse.com reporter Chris Carlson (@ccarlsononSU) said in an interview with Fanspeak.com.
“Slayton commanded double teams. Plus, the team had another defensive tackle who is out all this year with an injury. So, basically, they lost everything in the middle of that defense. That means, the defensive linemen just aren’t getting the push up the middle like they were last year, and that’s certainly a part of the reason why (Robinson and Coleman’s) production is down.
“But you could also argue that an NFL-caliber player should still be able to get better numbers, regardless of the talent around him.”
Carlson said the team has struggled somewhat from an emotional standpoint after entering the season with such high expectations.
Still, many reputable draft analysts have Robinson going somewhere on Day 2, with Coleman a strong Day 3 possibility.
“They’re certainly Syracuse’s top two draftable players this year,” Carlson said. “They have the measurables, and with their numbers from last year, scouts have seen what those two can do with more talent around them.”