Seahawks draft: 5 things you may not know about Alton Robinson
By Lee Vowell
Robinson as a teammate and his strengths
12th Man Rising: What kind of teammate do you think he was and how do you think he will transition off the field to the pros?
Neil Adler: Well, one thing I can say is that after Alton got drafted, there was an outpouring of support from his coaches, teammates, members of the media, and just people in general throughout the Syracuse community. I think folks appreciate Alton’s skills and talent, and they respect what he has gone through, and where he is today.
The Orange coaches gave him a second chance after some earlier personal struggles because they believed in him as a football player. Alton has a tireless work ethic, and he excelled in the classroom at Syracuse.
In short, I think that Alton proved a wonderful teammate at the ‘Cuse, and his personality traits will serve him well as he moves to the pros. Seattle appears a great fit for him, and I, of course, hope he performs at the same high level with the Seahawks as he has with Syracuse.
12th Man Rising: What are some of the strengths that should help him help the Seahawks?
Neil Adler: Alton has the potential to really serve as a disrupter in the NFL. He has terrific anticipation. He possesses the speed and flexibility necessary to take down quarterbacks efficiently and quickly. His foot quickness and focus on strip-sack opportunities are positives. Alton also has a keen sense to wrap up running backs before they reach a gap or hole. If he gets sufficient time on the field, he could really blossom into a pass-rushing dilemma for opponents.