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In his final set of positional rankings before the draft, NFL Media's Bucky Brooks had Alabama LB Reuben Foster listed as his top inside linebacker.

Foster tested positive for a diluted sample at the Combine, but there has been little indication that he is in for a legitimate draft fall. Brooks' rankings reflect that fact. On Monday, Rotoworld's Josh Norris reported that the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder has been guaranteed a slot by a team in the 20's should he happen to slip. NFL Network's Mike Mayock has gone on the record as believing that Foster "still might be a top-10 pick."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 8:16 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that "if [the Ravens] hold onto the 16th selection, [Alabama T] Cam Robinson enters the conversation as the pick."

Robinson is vying with Garrett Bolles (Utah) and Ryan Ramczyk (Wisconsin) for the right to be the first offensive lineman selected in the draft on Thursday. In a flawed position pool, there are arguments that could be made for all three players as best in class. As for other potential interested parties beyond the Ravens, the Jaguars, Texans, 49ers and Giants are among the teams who checked in with Robinson during the process.
Apr 25 - 4:46 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein reports that it's "become unanimous with NFL teams I've spoken to" that Alabama edge rusher Tim Williams is a Rd. 1 talent who won't go in Rd. 1.

Not only that, but Zierlein hears that Williams "might not hear [his name] called until Round Three." By this point, you probably know the reasons why. Williams has multiple failed drug tests in his past, was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit last September, and, according to Zierlein, "scouts say he has a difficult time adjusting to complicated defensive schemes." The analyst previously compared Williams' on-field game to Bears LB Leonard Floyd's.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 3:19 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster was slotted to the Saints at No. 11 in Peter King's latest mock draft.

Why is this important? Because many in the media pegged Foster outside of round one after his diluted sample from the Combine was announced. Josh Norris has been firm in reporting first round interest remained from a number of teams. If we can try to connect dots, King spoke at length to Sean Payton just a few weeks ago for an MMQB story. The dialogue is likely open there.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 25 - 10:49 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris passed along word that an NFL team in the 20s guaranteed Alabama LB Reuben Foster a selection if he is on the board.

Since last week of a diluted drug sample, many analysts have said Foster will drop to the second round. Norris doesn't believe it, noting a team in the top 10 and two others in the top 20 have significant interest. Multiple coaches feel Foster is a top two talent in this class.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 24 - 10:58 AM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard easily won a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll as this year's top draft-eligible tight end.

Howard received 14-of-16 first place votes logged by NFL evaluators. "He’s by far and away the best this year," one scout summed up. "He can do everything. He’s got rare speed and athletic ability. He runs like a receiver. He got better as a blocker from his junior to his senior year. ... He’ll end up being one of the best tight ends in the league." Miami's David Njoku (who finished second in the poll) and Ole Miss WR/TE Evan Engram (who finished third) received the other two first-place votes. South Alabama's Gerald Everett and Michigan's Jake Butt finished Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
Apr 23 - 2:00 PM

One scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Alabama T Cam Robinson is "very, very erratic."

In a poll of 17 NFL evaluators, Robinson was named the top offensive line prospect in this pool, earning that designation over Utah's Garrett Bolles and Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk. That is shiny enough, but his evaluations from personnel men speaking with the Journal-Sentinel were decidedly mixed. "Guy’s been a three-year starter (at LT) in the SEC. You can certainly see the potential," one scout said. Another evaluator was somewhat less enthused, telling the Journal-Sentinel that Robinson "hasn't got better since his freshman year," while another (the above "very, very erratic" scout) noted that the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder committed a "[l]ot of penalties." This is not the sharpest of offensive line classes, but all three of Robinson, Bolles and Ramczyk are potential Day 1 prospects.
Apr 22 - 1:21 PM

An NFC college scouting director said that Alabama DL Jonathan Allen's draft stock is fluid due to past shoulder surgeries.

"I put a higher grade on him before the medicals came in and we had to lower him because of that. That was really it," the scouting director said. "You don’t see too many like him; he’s that good to me." He went on to say that "I honestly don’t know where he’ll go because of the [shoulder concern]." Allen was forced to undergo surgeries to repair torn labrums in both shoulders during his time at Alabama. A somewhat surprising under-performer at the Combine, the 6-foot-3, 291-pounder has landed as a top-five pick in a number of industry mock drafts even despite that lackluster showing and his past surgeries.
Apr 22 - 12:52 PM

While speaking on a conference call on Friday, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said that Alabama LB Reuben Foster "still might be a top-10 pick."

Draft pundits near and far are in scramble mode as they try to assess how news of Foster's failed Combine drug test on a diluted sample might affect his stock. Said Mayock, "I don't see him sliding all that far. I think he's a top-20 pick all day long in any draft. Could he have been a top-10 pick? He still might be a top-10 pick." Mayock also offered a little insight on Foster's boot from the Combine for his confrontation with a hospital worker, calling it "way overdone" and saying that "I think the [C]ombine incident has been wiped clean by almost every team." Mayock refers to the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder as "a top-20 pick all day long," but not all pundits are so convinced that Foster is still in play for the top-10 -- or even the first round. The Ringer's Michael Lombardi tweeted earlier on Friday that he believes that Foster will be on the board come the start of the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:46 PM

The Ringer's Michael Lombardi believes Alabama LB Reuben Foster "will be there" at the top of Round 2.

"Teams picking between 33-45 will need to make sure they are comfortable with R. Foster, cause he will be there," Lombardi tweeted on Friday. This report flies in the face of what Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been hearing. Norris reported earlier on Friday that Foster is still receiving "plenty" of Round 1 interest despite Foster's failed drug test -- due to a diluted sample -- at the NFL Combine. Foster has had one of the worst Draft processes of any prospect in this year's class.
Apr 21 - 2:58 PM

In a poll of seventeen NFL evaluators asking who is this year's best offensive linemen, Alabama T Cam Robinson barely edged Garrett Bolles and Ryan Ramczyk

The evaluators were asked to rank their five best offensive linemen, with five points being awarded for a first-place vote. Robinson (59 points, two firsts) beat out Bolles (57, nine) and Ramczyk (53, five) by the narrowest of margins. Nobody was particularly enthused by the OL class, however. "It’s really going down," an AFC personnel man said. "This year is really disappointing." An NFC exec broke down the top three like this: "The first three tackles could start (as rookies) potentially but they’re going to take time. The Alabama guy might be a better right tackle. Bolles is a nutty dude. Ramczyk is quiet and (played at) Stevens Point two years ago. You don’t feel great about any of these guys."
Apr 21 - 2:32 PM

Three teams are visiting with Alabama LB Reuben Foster the weekend ahead of the NFL Draft, according to Josh Norris.

Norris says there is plenty of first round interest despite the failed drug test due to a diluted sample. Just remember Shane Ray, who was cited for marijuana possession the week of the draft and still went in round one. Foster never failed a drug test at Alabama but will be in the NFL program once entering the league. Watch out for the 49ers in a trade out, the Saints, the Ravens and the Dolphins in round one.
Apr 21 - 10:15 AM

Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson suggested Alabama TE O.J. Howard as a possible selection at No. 9.

This was part of an insider mock on the Browns radio network. A few points, Hobson writes for the team, so he could be trying to get people off the Bengals' trail. Second, Howard might not be priority one, but a possible target. Third, Howard might be the target, even with Derek Barnett on the board. Most likely Howard is in the conversation, but not THE conversation.
Apr 21 - 8:19 AM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough (leg), junior RB Damien Harris (foot) and sophomore RB B.J. Emmons (foot) have all been ruled out for Saturday's spring game.

No major surprises in those three absences-to-be. Harris is the most recent name to hit the ranks of the walking wounded, having sprained his foot during the first scrimmage of the spring. As for Scarbrough and Emmons, the former broke his leg against Clemson in the National Championship Game at the beginning of January while the latter has required two surgeries on his foot since November. Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that Scarbrough's absence is due mostly to the fact that he has yet to start taking contact. Thus the Tide are being reasonably cautious.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 20 - 9:22 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster failed his Combine drug test due to a diluted sample.

Foster explained away the diluted sample by pleading illness, telling NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that he believed he was suffering from food poisoning in Indianapolis. "I couldn't eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade," he said, later adding that he "went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test." A diluted sample is treated the same as a positive test by the NFL. Foster entered the draft process with the potential to be the first linebacker selected on Day 1 of the draft. Since then, matters have steadily devolved for the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, who was kicked out of the Combine following a confrontation with a hospital worker and has also undergone offseason rotator cuff surgery. The general consensus has Foster's stock sliding as the draft nears. A first-round selection is still in play, here, but his trajectory is going in the wrong direction.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 4:56 PM


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