Syracuse Football: Alton Robinson had NFL scouts buzzing in press box

Syracuse football stud Alton Robinson had NFL scouts buzzing in the press box after Week 4. Here are all the details and what that means for his future.

Heading into the 2019 season the most heralded Syracuse football NFL Draft prospect was Alton Robinson. He showed why on Saturday in Week 4 vs Western Michigan.

Robinson finished with six tackles, three solos, 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, and five quarterback hurries (near sacks).

On his strip-sack, he made an absolute NFL play. Alton was engaged with his blocker and reached his big mitt over the top and tomahawked the ball free.

On press row, there were two NFL scouts (Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks) that had emphatic reactions to the play and copiously took down notes.

Although they weren’t the only ones who were impressed, so was Pro Football Focus.

Following the 52-33 win for the Orange over the Broncos, PFF dropped some interesting analytics:

  • Alton finished with a 92 overall grade, 92 pass-rush grade, 10 quarterback pressures, 6 defensive stops, and a 20 percent pass rush win rate.

Scouts say Alton Robinson has the size (6-foot-4), weight (260 pounds), and a thing called ‘twitch’.

Twitch isn’t just a live video streaming service it’s also a specific type of football jargon. A muscle twitch refers to a player’s ability to react quickly to the snap of the ball. Also, it refers to a players explosiveness.

It’s a God-given talent that you can’t teach, some players are born with it and some players aren’t.

No one has ever questioned Alton’s talent, that is obvious. He transferred over from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and ranked third nationally with 14 sacks as a freshman.

As a sophomore at Syracuse, he didn’t start a game, but played in all 12 and finished with a team-high five sacks. Which set him up for a career season as a junior bringing home 10 sacks (tied for second-most in conference), led all defensive linemen on the team in tackles for the second straight season, and just flat out dominated.

The NFL Draft pundits are all over the place in terms of his current draft stock. Some scouts have said they can see him in the second or third round and others had him as low as a fifth-round pick. If Alton can continue his stellar play he could even find himself in the first round conversation by the time April rolls around.