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Alabama junior S Landon Collins "is a good player, but he's not elite," said an AFC executive.

"I have some concerns about his range and ability to match up in man coverage," the exec said. "I love his physicality and toughness." We're a bit surprised that the evaluator has reservations about Collins' range, and we aren't the only ones. "Physicality, drive and toughness have never been weaknesses for Collins, a five-star recruit and the No. 1 safety in the 2012 class," noted "The 'he's not elite' comment and questions about his range are a bit surprising as Collins was recently lauded by an NFL scout as the best Alabama safety in the last several years, better than former first-round picks Mark Barron (No. 7 overall by Tampa Bay in 2012) and HaHa Clinton-Dix (No. 21 by Green Bay in 2014)."
Dec 18 - 12:46 AM

Alabama redshirt senior OG Arie Kouandjio faces a critical matchup against Ohio State DT Michael Bennett in the Sugar Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"After a slow start, Bennett has been on fire the last five games, including four tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Big Ten Championship Game," Brugler wrote. "While most will have their eyes on how DE Joey Bosa fares against Alabama's offensive tackles, Kouandjio will often line up across from Ohio State's penetrating interior tackle and have his hands full trying to mirror and stonewall Bennett." The analyst is extremely high on Cyrus' brother, believing the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Arie to have top-75 potential in the 2015 class.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 6:01 PM

Crimson Tide freshman LT Cameron Robinson makes ESPN’s True Freshman All-America Team.

"Everyone expected big things from Robinson as a recruit, but starting every game as a freshman left tackle? At Alabama? That's impressive, and Robinson only figures to become a more dominant performer as he gains experience," wrote The freshman tackle was a five-star recruit out of Louisiana and has the potential to grow into a star for Alabama.
Dec 15 - 2:31 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that scouts are excited about Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's "great agility and first-step acceleration."

"It isn't just the production in Lane Kiffin's pro-style scheme, however, that has scouts excited. Cooper possesses great agility and first-step acceleration, which make him a nightmare to cover," Rang writes. The Crimson Tide prospect has had a monster year, with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Rang notes that Cooper "projects as a potential immediate impact performer in the NFL." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper is considered to be a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Dec 12 - 3:10 PM

NFL Media reporter Albert Breer reports that one AFC scout says that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper isn't "elite."

"Well ... "He's an easy route runner," one AFC area scout told Albert Breer. "Not a lot of wasted movement, solid hands, good speed. But I wouldn't say he's elite. He does a lot of things really well." The Heisman hopeful has 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014. The Scout mentioned that Cooper "just doesn't do anything with a 'Wow' factor like (Sammy) Watkins, (Mike) Evans or (Odell) Beckham last year." With that being said, Cooper is still considered to be the best wideout in the country, and a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Dec 12 - 2:40 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Sims joins ECU's Shane Carden as the only two acceptances at the position. Many have doubted Sims throughout the season. In fact, one non-SEC coach told ESPN he thinks Sims is "terrible." Or was, I guess. Sims can throw downfield and has plenty of mobility to find space. He certainly has flaws and will be critiqued for his size.
Dec 11 - 10:49 AM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin expects junior WR Amari Cooper to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I don't have to worry about him coming back next year," Kiffin said. "That's pretty much done." With two potential remaining games, Cooper has 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. The Heisman Trophy finalist is a projected top-10 pick in the 2015 draft. This year's underclassmen must declare by the Jan. 15 deadline.
Dec 11 - 12:13 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is a darkhorse candidate to go No. 1 overall.

"It is very rare for wide receivers to go No. 1 overall (the last one was Keyshawn Johnson in 1996), but the NFL is a passing league now, and Cooper is without question one of the biggest difference-makers in the 2015 class," McShay wrote. "If a team that is already set at the QB position winds up with the No. 1 pick, Cooper could be in the mix." Cooper, a Heisman finalist, heads into the inaugural College Football Playoff with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Though a long shot to go No. 1, Cooper is a good bet to go in the top 10.
Dec 10 - 9:14 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

The Heisman Trophy finalist has had a monster year, with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Cooper is considered the best wideout in the country and a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Dec 10 - 3:39 PM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins makes the 2014 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.

If the 6-foot, 222-pound safety declares for the NFL draft he should be a first round selection. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that Collins is better than recent Crimson Tide safeties Mark Barron, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri. While Collins puts in work as a safety with LB and CB skills, he also increases his stock as a special teams ace.
Dec 10 - 2:37 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "could be better" than Eddie Lacy.

"Different type than (Eddie) Lacy, but he could be (better)," the scout said. "He runs hard like Eddie. He has more speed than Eddie." Yeldon is only 68 rushing yards shy of his third 1,000-yard campaign. Yeldon, who has been compared to Darren McFadden and DeAngelo Williams, has produced at a high level in 2014 despite missing time with injuries. He's expected to declare for the draft early, probably hearing his name called in Round 2.
Dec 10 - 1:30 AM

An NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said WR and OT were the two best positions in this draft class, and the paper reported Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was unanimously chosen by scouts as the top wideout.

"He's a top-10 player," said one scout. "Excellent hands. Very explosive and fast. One of the better route runners to come out in a long, long time. Very skilled. Had big-time production. Only thing that's starting to creep up on him is a few injuries." Cooper heads into the inaugural College Football Playoff -- and two potential remaining games -- with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He's a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Dec 9 - 9:15 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Alabama junior DT Jarran Reed "is expected to declare and be at least a second-round pick."

Reed, a 2014 PrepStar JUCO All-American, has only spent one season playing against elite competition, but apparently the scouting community is already hot for him. He dominated in Saturday's win over Missouri in a coming out party of sorts. The physical talent is absolutely there, as Reed is a 6-foot-4, 315-pounder in possession of explosive hands.
Dec 9 - 8:27 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Alabama senior WR DeAndrew White "has gone from an undrafted free agent to possible late round draft pick."

"He also showed improvement attacking the ball in the air and using his length to expand his catching radius. With his positive play this season, White has gone from an undrafted free agent to possible late round draft pick," Brugler wrote. The Crimson Tide wideout recorded 4 catches for 101 yards and a score in Alabama's 42-13 win over Missouri. Brugler thinks the 6-foot, 192-pound White "has room to improve his route-running, but he is an underrated athlete with enough speed to stress the secondary on vertical routes and acceleration as a ballcarrier to create with his legs."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 9 - 2:32 PM

Alabama might have their deepest and most athletic front seven in the Nick Saban-era, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"DT A'Shawn Robinson was a man amongst boys versus Mizzou," Weidl tweeted. We would point to defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Reggie Ragland as other standouts in recent weeks.
Dec 9 - 11:21 AM

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