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Alabama QB Jacob Coker was not invited to the NFL Combine.

"A national championship doesn't punch a combine ticket; that's the lesson learned for the Crimson Tide quarterback who will instead prepare for UA's heavily scouted pro day," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "With all the size and arm strength NFL clubs look for, the scouting concerns on Coker surround his relative lack of college experience, a slow delivery and slow field reads." We've never been fans of Coker's work. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder failed to get onto the field throughout his career until finally breaking through in 2015. He was so limited that the Tide turned absurdly conservative through the air despite boasting a series of former elite recruits on the perimeter.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 10:39 PM

"Will [Alabama RB Derrick Henry's] upright running style translate to the NFL?" NFL.com's Chad Reuter wonders.

"There are not a lot of tall backs in the league, as they tend to get chopped down or take big hits from linebackers if unable to run behind their pads consistently," Reuter wrote. "He'll also need to prove himself in pass protection and as a receiver out of the backfield. However, when he does lower his pads inside, he can move the pile. And he's by no means slow, despite his size. So could he be an Eddie George-type back? Absolutely. That's why a team will select him in the first or early second round." Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists Henry as the No. 28 overall prospect in the class. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes the 6-foot-3, 238-pound Heisman winner best suits a zone-based blocking scheme like the ones the Broncos, Packers, Redskins, Texans, Chiefs and Seahawks employ.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 12:43 PM

Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus compared Alabama RB Derrick Henry to Curtis Enis.

In a series of tweets, Broaddus went on to reveal his concern about Henry "getting bigger and slower." The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder, according to Broaddus, is an oversized runner who "doesn't create" and needs "a lane to get going." Enis, a 250-pounder who went No. 5 overall to the Bears in the 1998 draft, was a colossal bust, averaging 3.3 yards per carry in four seasons before mercifully washing out of the NFL. We can't quite get there with this comparison, but we absolutely agree that Henry is a scheme-specific prospect who would struggle mightily behind a bad offensive line for the exact reasons Broaddus specified.
Feb 11 - 3:40 PM

The Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings were discussed about as possible landing spots for Alabama RB Derrick Henry by NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks.

"I look at the Denver Broncos, now you can transform into a physical, pounding team," Jeremiah said. "Get that zone run going, let him get downhill." Brooks' choice of the Vikings is a bit odd in that their incumbent is one of the NFL's best at the position. He thinks Henry would be a nice choice for the future. "(Minnesota) wants to run the ball," Brooks said. "You think about Adrian Peterson getting up in age. Why not bring in a young successor, put him in the backfield, allow him to learn for a year or so to get behind Teddy Bridgewater and let him run the rock."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 6:48 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists Alabama RB Derrick Henry as the No. 28 overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

"Defenses will need to slow him down behind the line and attempt to tackle him low, because once he is up to speed Henry is a monster," Norris wrote. "When allowed the second level, Henry has long speed to outrun defenders or power to gain a few yards after contact, if not run over them completely." The analyst calls the 6-foot-3, 238-pound Heisman winner "an outstanding athlete." NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks says Henry best suits a zone-based blocking scheme like the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs or Seattle Seahawks employ.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 10 - 4:18 PM

Alabama signed T Charles Baldwin, ESPN's No. 1 JUCO prospect in the nation.

247Sports ranked Baldwin second in the class among JUCO transfers. Both sites think Baldwin is an instant-impact proposition. As if the Tide needed it. "Possesses excellent overall size with very good raw strength. Displays very good balance, patience and lateral mobility in pass pro," ESPN noted. "Not a real powerful, jolting punch, but can do good job of stabbing and locking on. Good range as run blocker." The site thinks Baldwin at times leans on his natural ability and must learn to play with better technique. Sounds like he picked the right school.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 1:58 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Alabama C Ryan Kelly is an all-pro talent and one of the best interior offensive linemen in the last five years.

The compliments do not get any higher. The interior class of the last five years includes Chance Warmack, David DeCastro, Brandon Scherff and Zack Martin, solely based on pre-draft opinion. It will be interesting to see how Kelly tests and measures at the Combine. He declined a Senior Bowl invitation. Kelly took over the anchor spot left by Barrett Jones in 2013 and started ever since.
Feb 10 - 9:47 AM

Of the 2,343 high school seniors to sign with FBS squads on National Signing Day, 1,192 hail from just eight states.

Those eight states would be Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. They accounted for the hometowns of a whopping 50.9% of all players to send in letters of intent on National Signing Day. A quick scan of the names there is all you need to know why the SEC has a built in advantage. They play in the backyards of these kids.
Feb 9 - 11:23 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Alabama DL Jarran Reed as the No. 31 overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

"An extremely stout run defender who can play from outside or over top of the center, guard or even tackle on some snaps with a specific role," Norris wrote. "The question is if he can be more than just a run defender, or if that strength can be coupled with upfield ability to be an asset as a pass rusher." Allen collected 56 tackles, 4.5 TFL, one sack, two pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery last season for the national champs. He's got a good chance to go in the first round.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 9 - 2:04 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness wrote, "it’s not unreasonable to think that [Alabama RB Kenyan Drake] might actually have a better pro career [than teammate Derrick Henry].

McGuinness broke down potential draft prospects for the Broncos and Panthers on Monday. He sees the 6-foot-1, 202-pound Drake as a nice fit for Denver, noting that he "could provide a welcome boost to an offense that will likely have plenty of question marks given the quarterback situation." One of the immediate advantages Drake has over Henry in this conversation is that the latter is almost certainly going to cost a higher draft pick. One immediate downer? Drake's never been given more than 92 carries in a collegiate campaign. Whether he has the durability to hold up to a full workload remains to be seen--something that's not true for Henry, who swings to the opposite extreme (possibly to his detriment). Another early demerit for Drake: During the Senior Bowl practice week, CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang observed that he had his issues with drops and struggled to perform in pass-blocking drills.
Feb 8 - 9:32 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Alabama will hire Kentucky co-DC Derrick Ansley to serve as a defensive assistant coach.

Ansley's exact role with the Tide isn't currently known, but that'll be cleared up when he's officially announced as a member of Alabama's staff. It'll likely involve coaching up the secondary, as Bama's previous secondary coach, Mel Tucker, has joined Kirby Smart at Georgia. Ansley and HC Nick Saban previously worked together from 2010-11, with the former acting as a graduate assistant.
Feb 7 - 2:18 PM

Alabama signed four-star G Deonte Brown in April.

Brown checks in on the ESPN 300 at No. 126, one spot below fellow Bama signee ATH Trevon Diggs. For his part, the 6-foot-3, 340-pound Brown drew interest from Louisville, Mississippi State and Boston College (among others) at various points in the early process, but this was never in doubt. ESPN calls him a "prospect with the tools to be a very good college OG. He brings size, strength and toughness." On the more critical side, they believe Brown "[n]eeds to continue to develop and be sounder and more consistent with technique." He's already got the right measurements, at least.
Feb 4 - 5:21 PM

Alabama signed four-star ATH Trevon Diggs.

Diggs bypassed the hoopla of National Signing Day by inking his NLI in late January. The 6-foot-1, 182-pounder hails from Gaithersberg, Maryland, and ESPN 300 sees him projecting out to either safety or wide receiver, depending on how the Tide feel like employing their latest four-star weapon. He checks in at No. 125 on ESPN's list, with the outlet writing that Diggs' tools "provide for tremendous clay to mold."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 4 - 4:57 PM

Four-star Alabama LB Ben Davis indicated that he hopes to earn freshman All-American honors in 2016.

Said Davis, who signed a NLI with Alabama on Wednesday, "I want to be a freshman All-American, be a team leader always and run around and make plays." The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder has the talent to do that, too, ranking as Scout.com's No. 1 linebacking prospect thanks to his desired frame and physical gifts. Davis isn't resting on those alone, though. "I'm going to be coachable," he said. "I know I don't know everything yet so I will just continue grinding, stay humble and just work hard."
Source: al.com
Feb 4 - 3:21 PM

Alabama finished with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class.

All four of the most prominent recruiting services' composite rankings pegged Alabama No. 1. Alabama, ranked around No. 10 by those sites heading into the day, vaulted up the rankings on Wednesday's Signing Day, earning the signatures of five-star prospects LB Ben Davis, LB Mack Wilson, OL Charles Baldwin and OL Jonah Williams. In all, they landed 19 four- or five-star recruits, including four-star CB Shyheim Carter. "A good sized corner who plays bigger and faster than his listed measurables suggest," reads ESPN's scouting report. "Strong and physical both in pass coverage and run support. Runs well for his size showing very good football speed and range. Perhaps not a true burner but speed is not an issue and he offers great range."
Source: USA Today
Feb 3 - 5:59 PM


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