Top 5 Seahawks rookies to watch this offseason
Alton Robinson – Defensive End
The Seahawks drafted defensive end Alton Robinson with the 148th pick in the draft out of Syracuse. He was the second defensive end and third defensive player drafted by Seattle in 2020.
He played his freshman season with the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (junior college) football team until later transferring to Syracuse over Oklahoma State and New Mexico State. In his three years starting at Syracuse, he totaled 115 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, and 19 sacks.
Robinson was regarded as one of the best pass rushers in the ACC and now finds himself on of the best teams in professional football. I would go so far as saying Robinson has found himself on one of the best defenses in football but Seattle hasn’t managed to reach their super bowl level of dominance in a few years.
Defensive end is really a position that is up for grabs right now. There hasn’t been anyone able to lock down the position for long enough even if Seattle has a good rotation of players. L.J. Collier, Rasheem Green, Branden Jackson, and Benson Mayowa will likely get the most snaps.
Robinson will also have to compete with fellow rookie Darrell Taylor even though their roles will likely be slightly different, with Taylor playing more of a linebacker/defensive end hybrid.
Robinson has a serious chance to impress during offseason workouts. He’s explosive on the field, has a strong competitive mindset, and is always disrupting the pocket even if he doesn’t always have the sack numbers to show for it. I don’t expect Robinson to start right away but depending on his development and progression, he should be a great talent on the Seahawks defense for years to come.
Character issues could become a potential concern with Robinson, as he once faced serious chargers for stealing from his girlfriend.