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Reuben Foster | Linebacker

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240

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One NFL team with a top-15 selection wasn't interested in Alabama LB Reuben Foster even before he was sent home early from the NFL Combine.
"He already had immaturity, issues with life skills. This is the same guy," an evaluator for the team said. "We're not in the market." Foster, projected as a first-round pick, is considered the draft's top linebacker. His college coach, Nick Saban, has consistently defended him. "I don't think he's immature at all," Saban said. "I think he's an outgoing personality. You might even say when he's cutting up with his teammates he's a little silly, but that should not be mistaken for immaturity. He graduated here. We never had a problem with him. He's easy to talk to and reason with. And he's not immature at all when it comes to competitive character, getting ready to prepare and play in a game." Mar 21 - 2:15 PM
Source: MMQB

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Alabama LB Reuben Foster admits he has struggled on the whiteboard portion of team interviews during the draft process, but has been working on improving.

"The major concern with Foster for NFL teams, beyond the off-field questions, is his ability to absorb a playbook," The MMQB's Robert Klemko wrote in an interview with the linebacker. "Foster has struggled in interviews with teams who ask him to draw concepts with X’s and O’s." This is different than explaining and diagnosing film, which Nick Saban says Foster is great at. On the field, Foster is a missile. It is possible he ultimately is selected in the top 10, to a team like the New York Hets. He is competing with Haason Reddick to be the first off-ball linebacker off the board.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 21 - 11:02 AM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster is visiting the Chicago Bears on Monday.

Foster had dinner with members of the Bears' staff on Sunday and is getting his official visit a day later. He's currently attempting to fend off Haason Reddick to be the No. 1 ILB off the board next month. Foster is coming off a huge season in which he made 115 stops with 13 TFL and five sacks. He visited the Eagles last week.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 4:49 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster visited the Eagles on Wednesday, per beat writer Eliot Shorr-Parks.

Foster is widely viewed as the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect, but he might be competing with Haason Reddick for the spot now. The Eagles linebacker group is in flux a bit, as the team tries to unload Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham is in a contract year. Jordan Hicks is extremely talented, but dealt with injury after injury at Texas.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 16 - 11:57 AM

Alabama HC Nick Saban defended the character of LB Reuben Foster.

Foster has been drawing criticism after he was kicked out of the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday following an intense argument with a hospital worker. Saban vouched for his former pupil's character, saying, "If you’re looking for a good teammate to be on your team, Reuben’s going to be very, very good. If you’re looking for somebody to be a candy striper and be nice to everybody at the hospital, maybe not." He went on to say, "And I know that Reuben wishes that he would have responded maybe in a little more positive way. But I think other people could have responded and been a little more respectful to him as well." It should be noted that Foster did not take part in Alabama's pro day on Wednesday, as he is currently recovering from shoulder surgery.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 12:37 PM

Packers beat writer Bob McGinn spoke with multiple scouts who expressed concern about Alabama LB Reuben Foster's background.

"He may slide because of background. He’s got all kinds of stuff," one scout told McGinn. Another evaluator told the writer Foster "had some issues" in his past. Those issues were never brought to the public, so it is difficult for us to consider them. Instead, all we get is a generic statement from NFL teams criticizing a player whose coach even said has never been a problem. Foster was sent home from the NFL Combine for a heated argument, but teams apparently are not worried about that particular situation. Foster and Haason Reddick project as the top two inside linebackers.
Mar 9 - 10:13 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo writes that "[C]ombine week may have knocked [Alabama LB Reuben Foster] out of top-10 consideration."

Not the shiniest of weekends for Foster, who was booted from the Combine after getting into a heated confrontation with a hospital worker on Friday evening. His agent has sent out a letter of apology to NFL teams and Foster has been available at Alabama's facilities on Tuesday to speak about the incident with interested outfits. Pro Football Focus graded him out as their top linebacker for the past campaign.
Mar 7 - 6:28 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster's agent sent a letter to NFL teams apologizing for the incident that got his client sent home from the NFL Combine.

The NFL sent Foster home from the Combine on Friday after he exchanged heated words with a hospital worker. According to the apology letter, Foster had 16 team meetings scheduled for the Combine. He obviously missed those sit-downs. Foster will make himself available to evaluators for three hours tomorrow at the Alabama facility to talk about the incident.
Source: SB Nation
Mar 6 - 8:01 PM

The NFL Network broadcast of the NFL Scouting Combine passes along that Alabama LB Reuben Foster has invited teams to meet with him at Alabama on March 7.

Foster was sent home from the Combine on Friday night after he got into what MMQB's Robert Klemko called a "heated exchange" with a hospital worker while the Alabama standout was waiting to undergo his medical check. Because he was booted early, Foster was unable to take part in either testing or interviews. He will try to mend this situation in interviews on Tuesday.
Mar 5 - 2:06 PM

The MMQB's Robert Klemko revealed on details that led to LB Reuben Foster's dismissal from the NFL Combine.

While participating in Combine medicals, Foster reportedly grew impatient and pulled the "do you know who I am?" card. A "heated exchange" then took place when a hospital worker told Foster he would wait like everyone else. "Foster warned the man that he'd put hands on him, and the employee said, simply, Do it," according to Klemko. Who knows how this impacts Foster's draft evaluation, but Alabama's pro day just got more interesting.
Mar 4 - 9:21 AM

ESPN's Adams Schefter report Alabama LB Reuben Foster is being sent home from the NFL Combine following a "heated argument with a hospital worker."

Foster was scheduled to workout on Sunday and meet with teams over the next two days, but that has obviously changed. A hospital worker likely has a part in the Combine medicals, a process every prospect goes through. Just when you think you've heard every pre-draft story, a new one pops up. Foster is widely viewed as the top prospect at his position and a top 10 selection. He measured in at 6-feet and 229-pounds.
Mar 3 - 10:36 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim believes the medicals and interviews are the most important part of the NFL Combine.

"The things we generally miss out on are the heart and the mind," Keim said. It has become a somewhat standard answer, and we think Keim is not revealing his entire hand here. The Cardinals have drafted a number of high end athletes over the years, including David Johnson, and really value speed at the receiver position.
Source: ESPN
Feb 28 - 11:35 AM

Pro Football Focus compared Alabama LB Reuben Foster to former 49ers LB Patrick Willis.

"[Foster] has the top-end athleticism that Willis had," writes the PFF analysis team, "which allows him to play sideline-to-sideline and cover running backs, tight ends and slot receivers, as well as the strength and physicality needed to consistently take on and beat blocks on inside runs." Unfortunately, the standout Bama 'backer recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder (to repair the rotator cuff) and will not be a testing participant at next week's NFL Scouting Combine. A potential top-10 pick come this spring's draft, PFF views Foster as "among the elite players in this draft class." The outlet passes along that the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder led all FBS linebackers in run-stop percentage this past season.
Feb 21 - 7:10 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster recently had surgery on his right shoulder to repair a rotator cuff, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Caplan said teams have already been informed of the surgery. Caplan added Foster's timetable is four months. This eliminates him from NFL Combine activities. It also feeds into the "Alabama worn down prospects" label. Foster is an absolute missile at the second level who will stay on the field for all three downs. He appears to be a top 10 pick.
Feb 13 - 11:37 AM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein spoke with a Director of College Scouting who does not view Alabama's Reuben Foster as a MIKE linebacker.

"I think he's a pure run-and-hit WILL linebacker with good cover talent," the executive said. The evaluator must work for a team that employs three off ball linebackers, rather than a club that utilizes five man fronts. Plus, Teams are in nickel so often that the biggest question is if Foster can stay on the field in two linebacker sets. We think so. The Director of College Scouting was generic in his comment, but added a medical history could pop up for Foster during the process.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 7 - 9:08 AM