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Alabama sophomore OT Cameron Robinson "already looks like a pro tackle, meaning he'll be a coveted player in a couple years," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"A five-star recruit last year, Robinson made the impressive leap from high school to true freshman starter at left tackle for a playoff team," Brown wrote. "He benefited from enrolling early, and he quickly established himself as one of the SEC's best offensive linemen." Robinson only yielded 1.5 sacks last season as a true frosh. The college football analyst ranks him as the No. 8 offensive lineman and No. 67 overall player in the sport.
Jul 30 - 9:10 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff notes that "some feel" redshirt freshman David Cornwell could take the QB job from redshirt senior Jacob Coker.

"Coker has made strides -- taking most of the first-team reps this spring -- but clearly they haven't been big enough. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell had a decent spring and looks physically ready to play some SEC ball. While he and Coker both struggled in the spring game, some feel Cornwell could take this job, though Saban isn't tipping his hand at this point," Aschoff wrote. While the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker has the ideal size and arm talent for the next level, he'll have to prove that he is the man for the job, before Saban hands over the keys to the offense. Coker is also competing with junior Alec Morris and freshman Blake Barnett.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 3:16 PM

Alabama freshman QB Blake Barnett "is up to 208 pounds after weighing 190 in January and 200 pounds when spring practice ended in April," according to Al.com's Matt Zenitz.

The 6-foot-5 Barnett, a former five-star recruit, was trying to get bigger before the beginning of preseason practice and the season. To do so, Barnett went on a special diet, his father, Lance told Al.com. The freshman's target weight for the 2015 season is around 212-215 pounds.
Source: AL.com
Jul 27 - 3:00 PM

According to reports, Alabama sophomore CB Tony Brown ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds this spring.

Brown can fly, also boasting the third-fastest 110-meter hurdle time of all college football players. "At 6-foot and 195 pounds, he has good size, too, which will bode well in a league that features physical receivers like Auburn’s Duke Williams, Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell and Texas A&M’s Ricky Seals-Jones," wrote ESPN's Alex Scarborough. "In fact, given Brown’s height advantage over fellow projected starting cornerback Cyrus Jones, don’t be surprised if he is the one defending those very same star receivers when the time comes."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 7:27 PM

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry's "acceleration in the open field is superior to [Eddie] Lacy's," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"You might be reminded of former Tide running back Eddie Lacy when watching Henry, given Henry's dreadlocks, size (6-3, 242) and toughness," Reuter wrote. "However, Henry's acceleration in the open field is superior to Lacy's, which gives Henry a chance to break the 1,000-yard mark in 2015 after rushing for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014." El Tractorcito runs a 4.50 forty and trains by pushing pickup trucks around.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 4:20 PM

Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard "has not lived up to the hype" but still "runs like a gazelle" and retains upside, writes ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

"If anything, the anticipation for his emergence as one of the league’s best tight ends has increased," Scarborough wrote. "If Howard becomes the safety valve for Jake Coker or whoever ends up starting under center, his numbers could skyrocket." The analyst also believes Howard's targets will increase greatly with Amari Cooper in the NFL. "In the case of Howard, splitting him out wide at receiver could be the answer," he wrote. "Then again, maybe he needs to have more short passes thrown his way where he can run after the catch. But whatever it is, you get the sense that there has to be an answer out there."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 3:30 PM

Alabama sophomore CB Tony Brown "has solid size" and "brings track-star speed to the position," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Alabama's cornerbacks have been shockingly mediocre the past few years, but we expect the position to be far stronger in 2015. One reason is Eddie Jackson moving to safety, where his skills best fit, with Brown taking his starting spot on the outside. The 6-foot, 195-pound Brown started two games last season as a true freshman. Tide fans still having nightmares about Sammie Coates' performance last year need not worry about Brown, who boasts the third-fastest 110-meter hurdle time of all college football players.
Jul 23 - 8:00 PM

AL.com predicts redshirt freshman David Cornwell will be Alabama's starting QB to open the season against Wisconsin.

Cornwell's top competition is FSU transfer Jacob Coker. The quarterback group has a combined zero starts. Cornwell was considered a four star recruit out of high school and has one year of experience in Lane Kiffin's system. Expect the Crimson Tide to rely on the running game no matter who starts at quarterback.
Source: AL.com
Jul 22 - 10:48 AM

Alabama junior DE Jonathan Allen may be "one of the faster defensive ends in the draft class," notes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Allen really emerged last year as a true sophomore after seeing plenty of action as a freshman," Kiper wrote. "A very good athlete at 270-plus pounds." The draft expert grades Allen as the No. 3 underclassman defensive end prospect in the land. Allen earned first-team All-SEC honors last season by posting 33 tackles, 11.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks.
Jul 20 - 11:31 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban believes he now has defensive linemen who can play every down versus spread offenses.

Alabama lost to Ohio State in the opening round of the College Football Playoff, a team that likes to spread teams to open up the run. Alabama's offensive mentality has matched their defensive mentality in the past, big physical lineman to assert a gameplan. The Crimson Tide's defensive line might not have a top national name (unless you include A'Shawn Robinson), but we expect big things from the group this seasons. Especially the depth.
Jul 20 - 2:31 PM

Alabama senior ILB Reggie Ragland "is a prototype Alabama-style linebacker who is big and will hit," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He has better sideline-to-sideline speed than some might expect and his field coverage will have some scouts excited," Zierlein wrote. "He is a heavy tackler who will come downhill and look to stuff the run before the play can even get off the ground." The analyst pegs Ragland as the No. 4 linebacker prospect. "While Ragland is a true "take-on" linebacker willing to leverage his gap and put a shoulder into oncoming offensive linemen, he still needs improvement in pass coverage. Ragland's special-teams work is also a big plus in the eyes of NFL scouts," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ragland produced 95 tackles (a tackle every 7.7 snaps) and 10.5 TFL last year.
Jul 20 - 1:39 AM

Alabama senior DT Jarran Reed is the No. 2 senior defensive tackle prospect in the nation, in the estimation of ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Converting into an effective SEC D-tackle didn't happen overnight for Reed, who transferred in from junior college," Kiper wrote. "But by midseason last year, he was flashing pro potential, culminating in a two-week stretch where he notched a remarkable 20 tackles against LSU and Mississippi State." Reed, an All-SEC honorable mention selection in his first year with the Tide last season, recorded 55 tackles, 6.5 stops for a loss, one sack and five pass breakups in 2014. The 6-foot-4, 313-pounder is compared by NFL Media to Michael Brockers.
Jul 19 - 11:44 PM

Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson is a "beast against the run," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Big, powerful and versatile, put Robinson anywhere along the D-line and he'll manhandle his blocker," Kiper wrote. "He's got long, powerful arms, which help him keep shorter blockers from getting under him." The draft expert grades Robinson as the No. 2 underclassman defensive tackle prospect in the nation. "With Robinson and Jarran Reed on the inside, it's going to be hard to go anywhere inside against the Tide in 2015," he wrote.
Jul 19 - 11:19 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper reported a belief that Alabama junior CB Eddie Jackson will play safety this year.

Jackson was ranked as the No. 5 underclassmen safety in Kiper's preseason rankings, a bit of a surprise, seeing as though Jackson has played corner for the Tide. Kiper explains: "I had Jackson penciled in as one of of my top five junior cornerbacks, but in speaking to coaches down there I flipped him over to safety based on what I believe they'll ask him to do in 2015. Kid is a great competitor and was back on the field remarkably quick after an ACL tear in spring practice last year." We hadn't read this before and wonder if it has anything to do with Jackson's public faceplant against Auburn WR Sammie Coates last year. Coates torched Jackson repeatedly in a five-catch, 206-yard beatdown.
Jul 19 - 8:46 PM

Alabama senior ILB Reggie Ragland confirmed at SEC Media Days that he received a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board after last season.

We'd expected as much, but the NFL doesn't release the information, leaving it on the player to share it or not. Ragland opted to return for his senior season with the Tide. The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ragland had 95 stops and 10.5 TFL and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last year. NFL Media compares Ragland to Jerod Mayo.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 3:36 PM


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