EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants kicked off NFL Draft week by signing a veteran defensive tackle.
A'Shawn Robinson, who has Super Bowl experience, joins Rakeem Nunez-Roches as additions to the defensive front this offseason. They join second-team all-pro Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams to give the Giants a formidable foursome weighing a combined 1,281 pounds.
Robinson, 28, is entering is eighth NFL season. He spent his first four pro seasons with the Detroit Lions, who selected him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and the last three with the Los Angeles Rams. Robinson was a member of the 2021 Rams team that won Super Bowl LVI. He is considered an excellent run defender who can play inside or outside and was one of the anchors of the Rams' defensive line.
In 2022, Robinson started all 10 games in which he played at defensive end, extending his streak of consecutive starts to 25, including four postseason games. But he suffered a torn meniscus at New Orleans on Nov. 20 and missed the season's final seven games.
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Robinson, 6-4 and 330 pounds, has played in 93 regular-season games with 61 starts and seven postseason games with five starts. His career totals include 293 tackles (181 solo), 7.0 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, one interception – which he returned two yards for a touchdown – 20 quarterback hits, 17 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Robinson's playoff numbers include 35 tackles (18 solo), 1.0 sack, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble.
Robinson's one career touchdown was short but memorable. When he was with the Lions on Oct. 15, 2017, Robinson intercepted a pass by future Hall of Famer Drew Brees in New Orleans and returned it two yards for his only NFL score.
When the Rams defeated Cincinnati in the Super Bowl, Robinson had six tackles (five solo) and one of Los Angeles' seven sacks, a two-yard takedown of Joe Burrow.
That season, Robinson played in all 21 regular-season and postseason games and recorded a career-high 67 tackles (33 solo) and tied his career best with 2.0 sacks. He also had a pair of sacks in his rookie season in Detroit.
Robinson was a standout at the University of Alabama, where he played in all 39 games for the Crimson Tide from 2013-15. He had two appearances in the College Football Playoffs and won the 2015 CFP Championship against Clemson. Robinson tallied 133 total tackles (51 solo), averaged 3.0 sacks, forced one fumble and broke up five passes in his collegiate career.
Robinson was on the football, basketball, and track & field teams at Arlington Heights High School in Ft. Worth, Texas.
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