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Alabama is experimenting with redshirt sophomore DB Anthony Everett at WR.

We should first note how athletic Averett is, as he was a part of the SEC title track team. Second, the school has a logjam at cornerback, and the Crimson Tide might be looking at different ways to get the supreme athlete on the field. Head coach Nick Saban said as much, ""He's a guy that has great speed, and we'd like to find a role for him on the team." Averett is the nephew of Bryant McKinnie.
Source: AL.com
May 21 - 12:56 PM

Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake has "the potential to be an electric player who can score from anywhere on the field," according to NFL.com's Bryan Fischer

"With a lack of experience and depth at tailback, he'll play Robin to starter Derrick Henry's Batman, but Drake has the potential to be an electric player who can score from anywhere on the field," Fischer wrote. The Crimson Tide prospect broke his leg back in October, and should have a perfect opportunity to rebound and showcase his talents in 2015. The 6-foot, 201-pound Drake has the ideal size and speed for the next level, and was reported to have run a 4.4 forty back in March.
Source: NFL.com
May 20 - 3:29 PM

NFL Media notes that Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson "plays a lot like former Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills."

Robinson is "a burly, space-munching defensive tackle who dominates the interior ... although he's not to be confused with a stationary nose guard-type," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "He led Alabama in sacks as a freshman in 2013 and has the athleticism to disrupt the backfield." Robinson recorded 49 tackles and 6.5 TFL to earn honorable mention All-SEC honors last year. NFL Media ranks Robinson as the No. 5 defensive player in the country.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 11:46 PM

Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard is "blessed with outstanding size, speed and athleticism," noted Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

The analyst ranks him as the No. 17 prospect in the land. Howard hasn't yet been given the credit he deserves for doing the dirty work, but he's been a key contributor in the Crimson Tide run game, posting more than 110 knockdown blocks over the past two years. "But where he will make a living is as a huge receiving threat," Newberg wrote. "He's tall and long and uses that to his advantage. Howard can catch the football and become a yacker. In today's NFL he could be an outstanding weapon." The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder ran a 4.59 second forty this spring.
Source: Scout.com
May 18 - 9:18 PM

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry pushes pickup trucks to train during the offseason.

Henry posted multiple Instagram videos, but they have since been taken down. Last year, Henry flipped monster truck tires. He has graduated to full blown trucks. There might not be a bigger freak, a term of endearment, at the college level. Henry currently stands around 6'3" and 240 lbs.
Source: AL.com
May 18 - 10:02 AM

Former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens executive Phil Savage described Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson as a "man-child."

"Robinson is widely regarded as one of the top defensive players in the country and is the centerpiece of an Alabama defensive line that may be the most talented in the nation," wrote AL.com's Matt Zenitz. As a first-team freshman All-American in 2013, Robinson posted 38 tackles, eight TFL and a team-high 5.5 sacks. He recorded 49 tackles and 6.5 TFL to earn honorable mention All-SEC honors. Walter Football calls the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder the best DT eligible for next year’s draft and projects Robinson as a first-rounder.
Source: AL.com
May 17 - 5:23 PM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama senior DT Jarran Reed "was a consistent standout during Alabama’s scrimmages this spring."

Reed, a former JUCO, was an All-SEC honorable mention selection in his first year with the Tide, recording 55 tackles, 6.5 stops for a loss, one sack and five pass breakups in 2014. The 6-foot-4, 313-pounder is drawing grades all across the board. Walter Football doesn't rank Reed as one of the top-19 DTs eligible for next year’s draft, while NFL.com's Chad Reuter writes that he could "be the first nose tackle off the board next spring."
Source: AL.com
May 17 - 4:40 PM

Scout.com ranks Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson as the No. 9 overall prospect.

"This 312-pounder is incredibly light on his feet," wrote Jamie Newberg. "His outstanding quickness allow him to penetrate and make plays or move laterally and make plays. In addition, he has tremendous strength and does a nice job of keep his pad level low." Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently mocked the prospect to the Jaguars at No. 6. Robinson's stat line last season didn't inspire, but that could change this year. "There's no question with a big season and growth in the development department he could elevate his draft status into the top ten. Robinson has serious upside written all over him," Newberg wrote.
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 12:53 AM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama senior LB Reggie Ragland ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds during spring practices.

That's moving plenty well for a 6-foot-2, 255-pounder. Ragland garnered first-team All-SEC honors last year by posting 95 tackles while also recording 10.5 TFL. CBS Sports ranks him as the best senior inside linebacker prospect, while Walter Football grades Ragland as the No. 2 draft-eligible inside linebacker and projects him as a second-to-third round pick.
Source: AL.com
May 17 - 12:39 AM

Alabama senior CB Cyrus Jones’ "lack of prototypical height for the position may hurt his draft prospects," wrote AL.com's Matt Zenitz.

Jones earned second-team All-SEC honors last year by posting 46 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a team-high 13 pass breakups. Walter Football doesn't list Jones amongst its top 22 corners in the class. Jones missed spring practices while recovering from hip surgery, but he was recently cleared medically, according to Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
Source: AL.com
May 16 - 9:34 PM

Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard "will be depended on to be a bigger factor in Alabama’s offense following the departure of the Tide’s top three wide receivers as well as tight end Brian Vogler," noted AL.com.

"[Howard] possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism," wrote Matt Zenitz. The publication was told by a source that Howard ran a 4.59 second forty, bench pressed 405 pounds and squatted 500 pounds during the spring. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder, who lines up everywhere, including tight end, wide receiver and H-back, was graded by Walter Football as a first-to-second round prospect.
Source: AL.com
May 16 - 8:36 PM

AL.com ranks Alabama junior DE Jonathan Allen as one of the team's 10 best draft prospects.

Allen earned first-team All-SEC honors last season by posting 33 tackles, 11.5 stops for a loss and 5.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is ranked by CBS Sports as the No. 5 junior DE (behind Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah, Auburn’s Carl Lawson and Louisville’s Devonte Fields), while Walter Football grades him as a fifth-to-seventh round pick.
Source: AL.com
May 16 - 4:07 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry to the New York Giants at No. 22 in a 2016 mock draft.

"Let's continue with more running backs in the first round," Norris wrote. "Zach Whitman has already hinted at Henry’s future SPARQ score. He has long speed along with great power to be first contact. He might give Giants’ fans a good Brandon Jacobs vibe." ESPN's Todd McShay shipped Henry to the Miami Dolphins at No. 29. "He has great size (6-3, 242 pounds) and exceptional power, and he was very effective for the Crimson Tide last season: 990 yards, 5.8 yards per carry and 11 touchdowns to go with two receiving TDs," he wrote. "He isn't the most elusive back, but he's a tough runner with good balance." The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder runs a 4.50 forty.
Source: Rotoworld
May 14 - 9:15 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay mocked Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson to the Steelers at No. 18.

"He is used in multiple roles in Alabama's multiple-front defense, with the size (6-4, 320) and power to clog up the middle of the line and the length to set the edge against the run," he wrote. "He's also disruptive against the pass with his ability to push the pocket and get his hands up in passing lanes." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is more optimistic about Robinson's coming out party. He mocks the prospect to the Jaguars at No. 6. "A long term interior defensive line piece might be their biggest need," Norris wrote.
May 13 - 8:26 PM

Alabama senior DL Jarran Reed "is utterly disruptive in the middle," according to NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

The numbers don't show it -- Reed (6-foot-4, 313 pounds) had 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack in 2014 -- but he is a load for centers and guards to deal with. "Reed commands double teams and eats them like a 313-pounder should -- and doesn't have the sloppy body and inconsistent motor that prevented former JC/Alabama stud NT Terrence 'Mount' Cody from earning a first-round draft spot," Reuter wrote. "If Reed continues to push forward on early downs and keeps his nose clean this year (he had a DUI in the summer of 2014), he'll be the first nose tackle off the board next spring." Reed is one of the best senior defensive draft prospects in the land.
Source: NFL.com
May 12 - 10:52 PM


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