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A’Shawn Robinson’s wait ends with his selection by the Detroit Lions

A’Shawn Robinson is flanked by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and former player Herman Moore.
A’Shawn Robinson is flanked by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and former player Herman Moore. AP

A’Shawn Robinson swears the 20 hours between the end of the first round and the time he was drafted in the second round were no sweat.

Expected to go in the middle of the first round, the former Fort Worth Arlington Heights star and Alabama defensive tackle finally went to the Detroit Lions as the 46th overall selection.

My mom was a little nervous about it, and I kept telling her how she told me growing up, ‘God has a plan,’ and honestly, that’s what his plan was.

A’Shawn Robinson on not being picked in the first round

“You hear things, and you’re just like, ‘Oh, man, that stinks,’ ” Robinson said. “My mom was a little nervous about it, and I kept telling her how she told me growing up, ‘God has a plan,’ and honestly, that’s what his plan was. So I really didn’t get too upset about it or get mad or sad about it. I was just relaxed, because everything happens for a reason. His plan is bigger than what I think it is for myself.”

Robinson sat in the green room at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and watched four defensive tackles drafted in the first round. Only one of his Alabama teammates, center Ryan Kelly, was drafted Thursday, but two more went before Robinson finally heard his name.

In all, Robinson sat through 14 picks before he become the 15th choice Friday.

But if Robinson was disappointed with how long it took he was anything but disappointed in his landing spot. He called Detroit his “best visit” of his 30 visits.

A’Shawn Robinson was one of six Texans selected on the second day of the draft.

“It’s a system that I would love to play in and try to contribute to the team in whatever way I can,” Robinson said. “Just watching film and the great players they have there now, just try to help them out. I’m working hard to do something for those players who have been there for awhile, and help contribute is just something I was thinking about.”

Robinson was one of six Texans selected on the second day of the draft. Four players from the Lone Star State, including Mansfield Legacy and TCU receiver Josh Doctson, were drafted in the first round Thursday.

Legacy sent a second player to the NFL on Friday when Seattle drafted Boise State offensive guard Rees Odhiambo with the 97th overall choice.

Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, who played at Houston George Bush, was the first selection of the second round. He went to the Cleveland Browns.

Baylor cornerback Xavien Howard was the 38th overall pick, going to the Miami Dolphins.

In the third round, the Indianapolis Colts drafted Texas Tech offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark with the 82nd overall choice, and the Arizona Cardinals drafted Texas A&M cornerback Brandon Williams with the 92nd overall pick. Odhiambo was the next-to-last choice of the third round.

Hackenberg to Jets

Three quarterbacks were drafted Friday after three went in the first round.

The New York Jets drafted Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg with the 51st overall choice. It came a year after the Jets made Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty a fourth-round pick.

“I’m just extremely grateful for the opportunity,” Hackenberg said. “A lot of hours have gone into this, and it’s just the beginning.”

North Carolina State’s Jacoby Brissett, who went 91st overall to the New England Patriots, and USC’s Cody Kessler, who went 93rd overall to the Browns, went in the third round.

Michigan State’s Connor Cook remains on the board as does Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott.

Among other notable picks:

▪ Tampa Bay traded a third-round pick and a fourth-rounder to the Kansas City Chiefs to move back into the second round for Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo. He is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history.

▪ The Jacksonville Jaguars used the 36th overall pick on UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. Jack projected as a top-five pick before doctors examined his knee at the combine and came away with concerns about the longevity of it.

▪ The Tennessee Titans took Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama with the 45th overall pick despite having traded for DeMarco Murray.

▪ The Texans used the 50th overall pick on Notre Dame center/guard Nick Martin, the brother of Cowboys All-Pro guard Zack Martin.

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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