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An AFC South area scout said that Alabama DL Dalvin Tomlinson is "a dude."

"I don't know how he flew under the radar so long," the scout said, later adding " If you liked those guys from last year (Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson), no reason you won't like this one." The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder draws similar high praise from NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, who writes that Tomlinson has "a chance to become an early starter and should work into a defensive line rotation immediately."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 3:27 PM

Alabmaa redshirt freshman LB Ben Davis worked with the outside linebackers during spring practice on Tuesday.

This is a change from last season. While taking a redshirt a year ago, he had been honing his craft with the inside linebacking group. Whether this spring shift is anything more than a little bit of toying around by HC Nick Saban and company remains to be seen. The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder ranked as Scout.com's No. 1 LB for the 2016 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 25 - 1:55 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban thrashed the NCAA for new regulations regarding summer recruiting camps.

"We're going to change the way we have summer camps. We can't have high school coaches working summer camps. I mean, it's the most ridiculous thing that I've ever seen. It is what it is and whatever they do, they do," said Saban. That was far from all he touched on during a wide-ranging diatribe, though. When asked about having a ball-control offense, Saban said, "So, where does that assumption come from or do you do what everybody else in the media does -- create some s--- and throw it on the wall and see what sticks, which is what I see happening everywhere?". We would give you more, but Rotoworld blurbs have word limits and Saban was quite the talker. Happy spring.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 6:06 PM

The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala reports that Alabama T Cam Robinson will visit the Broncos.

As luck would have it, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently slotted Robinson to the Broncos at No. 20 overall in his latest mock draft. Denver has already met with the 6-foot-6, 322-pounder at least once during the pre-Draft process, so their interest is very real.
Mar 24 - 3:48 PM

Albert Breer of the MMQB passes along buzz that teams might be concerned with the medical evaluations of Alabama DL Jonathan Allen's shoulders.

Ian Rapoport reported prior to the NFL Combine that Allen had surgery on both shoulders to repair a torn labrum during his collegiate career, along with other concerns. Medical re-checks take place on April 13 and 14, but if Allen drops in the draft, we can point to this as one reason why.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 23 - 11:19 AM

The Ravens rank Alabama's Cam Robinson as the No. 1 OT on their board and are considering drafting him with their first-round pick, according to Walter Football's Charlie Campbell.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has long loved Alabama prospects, and after losing starting right tackle Ricky Wagner to the Detroit Lions, he's in the market for a bookend across from left tackle of the future Ronnie Stanley. Newsome and company reportedly prefer Robinson to Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk and Utah's Garett Bolles.
Mar 22 - 4:28 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that sophomore RB B.J. Emmons (foot) will be limited in spring practice.

Emmons has undergone two surgical procedures on his foot since the beginning of November, with the most recent coming in mid-February. The 6-foot, 206-pounder picked his way to 173 yards on 35 totes of the rock this past season. Just when he might be fully healthy is not yet known, but a timetable for his return could clarify as the spring unfolds.
Mar 21 - 9:15 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough (leg) will be limited in spring practice.

No huge surprise there. Scarbrough broke a bone in his right leg during the National Championship Game against Clemson in January and is still healing up from that injury. With B.J. Emmons (foot) also expected to be limited this spring, Joshua Jacobs, Damien Harris and already-enrolled five-star frosh Najee Harris figure to split the bulk of reps with the first-team offense for the time being.
Mar 21 - 8:24 PM

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."
Source: MMQB
Mar 21 - 2:15 PM

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 T Cam Robinson is visiting the Carolina Panthers on Monday.

Robinson is a busy man. Robinson was in Buffalo last week to meet with the Bills, and he'll next head to Jacksonville to confab with the Jaguars. All three teams -- the Panthers, Bills and Jaguars -- have needs along the offensive line. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah slotted Robinson to the Broncos at No. 20 overall in his latest mock draft. "He's not without faults on tape (he overextends too much and his balance is an issue at times) but he has outstanding size, length and power," Jeremiah wrote.
Mar 20 - 4:00 PM

Brett Dudley, the high school offensive coordinator for Alabama freshman RB Najee Harris, believes that his former pupil will see starting work in 2017.

"He’s not going to be in a situation where he doesn’t play a lot as a freshman. There’s no way Najee would allow that to happen to himself. Physically and mentally, he’s going to put himself in position to get on the field right away," Dudley said. While he certainly has the talent to start -- and he likely would be locked in as a starter had he committed to Michigan -- Rivals' No. 1 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle is having to battle it out with returning Alabama backs Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, B.J. Emmons and Joshua Jacobs as he tries to jump-start his collegiate career. The Tide running back stable is terrifyingly deep.
Mar 19 - 3:15 PM

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay projected Alabama TE O.J. Howard to the Jaguars with the No. 4 pick.

There are no true surprises in the first three slots of McShay's mock, which sees the Browns drafting Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett, the 49ers selecting Stanford DE Solomon Thomas and the Bears selecting LSU S Jamal Adams. Then comes Howard to the Jags. A year ago, there was a debate about whether Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott was worth a top-five pick. Howard at No. 4 would be far more controversial than that. We wouldn't be surprised to see the 6-foot-6, 251-pound Alabama product off the board within the first 15 picks, but top 10 would probably be stretching it and top five, well, that would be a story.
Mar 19 - 1:28 PM

Alabama junior WR Calvin Ridley ran a 4.35-second 40-yard dash prior to last season.

The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder beats you with his head and feet, not his frame. He's been called "a faster Amari Cooper" by ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbill. Ridley caught 71 passes for 776 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Source: ESPN
Mar 17 - 1:28 PM


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