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Alabama senior FB Jalston Fowler "will run defenders over as a lead blocker," wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"He also is dependable carrying the ball, not that he's asked to do so often, and has good hands to catch the ball out of the backfield," Davis wrote. "He reminds me a bit of former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman. One NFL executive told me Fowler would be a Day 1 starter for any team that still utilizes a fullback." The 5-foot-11, 264-pounder didn't get many opportunities to touch the ball at Alabama, but he made life easier for a host of stud offensive teammates. Fowler also has experience at H-Back.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 8:36 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that he doesn't believe Alabama senior QB Blake Sims "has the makings of an NFL quarterback."

Tell us how you really feel, Tony. Rotoworld's Josh Norris remains far higher on the Alabama signal-caller. "I am not saying Sims is perfect, as he definitely has frenetic placement," Norris wrote. "However, I really like his functional mobility to win inside and outside of structure and arm to test multiple levels."
Jan 23 - 7:33 PM

While coaching Tennessee, Alabama OC Lane Kiffin recruited QB Blake Sims as a WR, a source told Josh Norris.

Sims obviously signed with Alabama out of high school and played running back after redshirting his first season. Sims then spent time as a backup quarterback before being Kiffin's starter during his first year calling the offense. Sims is currently participating in the Senior Bowl.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 21 - 1:16 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims arrived at the Senior Bowl standing 5'11.5" and 199 pounds with 9" hands.

Many consider 9" the threshold for quarterback hand size. Sims has a great chance to show off his mobility and downfield arm in Mobile, however, he has major placement issues despite putting together a few highlight reel throws.
Jan 20 - 12:07 PM

Alabama beat writer Marquavius Burnett notes that Alabama senior QB Blake Sims "has not had any talk about changing positions."

"Spoke with Blake Sims. Said there hasn't been any talk about changing positions. Said he's "quarterback all the way," Burnett wrote. The Crimson Tide prospect will have every opportunity to prove himself at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot, 208-pound Sims can throw downfield and has plenty of mobility to find space. He certainly has flaws and will be critiqued for his size.
Jan 19 - 9:44 PM

Alabama junior DL Jarran Reed will return to school for the 2015 season.

Reed has only played at Alabama for one season, but tested the waters by receiving a draft grade from the advisory board. Alabama's defensive front was deep and athletic in 2014, and most of the pieces are returning in 2015.
Jan 16 - 10:15 AM

Alabama junior LB Reggie Ragland will return to school in 2015.

Ragland was considering early entry into the draft but announced his intention to return to school on deadline day for non-senior declarations. He will enter 2015 as one of the top prospects at his position.
Jan 16 - 9:55 AM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon said he got a "2nd round" grade from the NFL's College Advisory Committee, according to Alabama beat writer Marquavius Bennett.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon battled hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the season, but still managed to rush for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. The Crimson Tide prospect finished his career with 3,322 rushing yards and 37 rushing touchdowns. We really like Yeldon's abilities, as he accelerates through creases and can devastate defenders' angles at the second level. He exhibits good balance and falls forward.
Jan 9 - 2:22 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "is very well-rounded with more than enough athleticism to create separation before, during and after the catch."

The Biletnikoff Award winner, who declared for the draft this week, posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. "He is a detailed route runner with an understanding of how to set up defenders, clearly paying attention to the subtleties of the position," Brugler wrote. "Cooper is a humble, hard worker and might be the 'safest' prospect in this class when projecting him to the next level. He will be able to help a NFL team immediately as a rookie." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper is considered to be a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 10:32 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon is "Mr. Smooth with his gliding athleticism and start/stop foot quickness to redirect his momentum and dance out of trouble."

We found out Thursday that Yeldon will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. "He doesn't have an ideal body type for the position with a taller stature and lean-muscled frame, but he runs with good forward lean and balance to break tackles," Brugler wrote. "However, similar to Trent Richardson, Yeldon tends to run too patient and needs to be more decisive working through the trash, taking too long to read blocks and defenders. He is a much better player in space than between the tackles when he can allow what he sees to develop and stay comfortable. Yeldon can start in the NFL, but will need to be a part of a committee." Yeldon posted 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. Count Rotoworld amongst his fans. We appreciate his acceleration through creases, which flummoxes defenders who must change second-level pursuit angles, as well as his balance and propensity to fall forward when tackled.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 8:44 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper improved his draft stock in the Sugar Bowl, CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes.

Cooper caught nine passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-35 loss to Ohio State, a team with a strong pass defense. "It isn't just the production in Lane Kiffin's pro-style scheme that has scouts excited," Rang wrote. "Cooper possesses great agility and first-step acceleration to generate big plays. His lack of elite size and occasional dropped pass keeps him out of the elite category." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper finished with 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Rang ranks him as the No. 8 prospect in the class.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 8:30 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that "there is a strong chance [Alabama junior S Landon Collins is] the only safety in the upcoming class who will hear his name called in the first round."

"He has experience in man and zone coverage, playing both single high and in the box, but is a much better run defender at this point than in pass coverage," Brugler wrote. "Collins is a missile downhill with terrific wrap-up tackling skills to strike through his target and finish." Collins led the team this season with 103 tackles and three interceptions, and he also had 10 passes defended and 4.5 tackles for loss.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 6:48 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Alex Scarborough.

Yeldon continues the trend of Bama running backs in the NFL, following Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy. We really like Yeldon's abilities, as he accelerates through creases and can devastate defenders' angles at the second level. He exhibits good balance and falls forward.
Source: ESPN
Jan 8 - 1:32 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Alex Scarborough.

As expected. Many consider Amari the top receiver in this class. Let us start with negatives: he has displayed drop issues and does not consistently win in contested situations. There are many more positives, however, including: creating consistent separation with route running and sustaining speed in breaks and creating yards on his own with after catch ability.
Source: ESPN
Jan 8 - 1:24 PM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.

Getlin tweeted back on Dec. 22 that Collins was a lock to enter. Many will consider the Alabama defender the top defensive back in this class. He was able to play strong and free safety the last two seasons and could be viewed as an aggressive single high safety. Don't be surprised if he is a top 10 pick.
Jan 8 - 11:21 AM


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