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Alabama QB Blake Sims "is a terrific athlete but proved he's not a great passer" at the Senior Bowl, observed TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"His accuracy was questionable all week as were many of his reads and decisions," Pauline wrote. "Sims was effective rolling outside the pocket then throwing on the move and showed ability picking up yardage with his feet. Teams must now decide if he's worth developing at quarterback or whether Sims revert back to his original position of running back." Interestingly, Sims recently told AL.com that he might be amenable to a position switch at some point. At the moment, however, Sims wants to stay behind center and told a reporter at the Senior Bowl that "he proved to the world" that he "can play quarterback." Pauline clearly disagrees.
Jan 29 - 10:15 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that scouts praised Alabama redshirt senior OG Arie Kouandjio after Senior Bowl practices and "many feel he's solidified his status as a middle-round choice."

"Kouandjio battled hard during [last] Thursday's practice and won out on just about every snap he took," Pauline wrote. "He blocked with great fundamentals, showed a lot of strength in his game and controlled opponents on the line of scrimmage. Scouts praised Kouandjio after practice as many feel he's solidified his status as a middle-round choice." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler is extremely high on Cyrus' brother, believing the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Arie to have top-75 potential. The Crimson Tide prospect started every game at LG for Alabama the past two seasons.
Jan 29 - 9:49 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper ranks as CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's No. 5 overall prospect.

"While not in the same conversation as AJ Green and Julio Jones as a prospect, Cooper is very detailed and well-rounded, making it tough to poke holes in his game," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Brugler wrote earlier this month, that "Cooper is a humble, hard worker and might be the 'safest' prospect in this class when projecting him to the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 3:05 PM

Former Bears and Jaguars DC Mel Tucker has joined Alabama as the school's DBs coach and assistant head coach.

This means the school's defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, will coach inside linebackers. Tucker was mentioned as a possible NFL head coaching candidate not too long ago. Nick Saban keeps adding coaches with NFL experience.
Jan 29 - 1:03 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is "a taller version of Odell Beckham Jr., although he doesn't quite have Beckham's speed."

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Brandt notes that 25 of those catches came on third down, "so that tells you that he was really moving the chains. Anytime Alabama needed a big play, it would go to him even though he was often double- or triple-teamed." Cooper is a potential -- some would say likely -- top-10 pick in the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 11:47 PM

Alabama senior FB Jalston Fowler "showed that he's much more than" a traditional fullback at the Senior Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"With only 12 carries as a senior for the Crimson Tide, he was an afterthought on that offense, but after seeing him during Senior Bowl practices, it was clear he was also underutilized," Brugler wrote. "During drills, Fowler was quick through the hole with decisive quickness and the pop to brush off contact, keeping his feet and rumbling to the second level." Fowler reminds NFL Media analyst Charles Davis of former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman. The 5-foot-11, 264-pounder has experience at H-Back in addition to FB.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 8:21 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims mentioned last week at the Senior Bowl that "he proved to the world" that he "can play quarterback," Al.com's Michael Casagrande reports.

"I think, after the season I had and talking to coach (Nick) Saban and coach (Lane) Kiffin, I think I proved to the world I can play quarterback," Sims said last week in Mobile before the Senior Bowl. The Alabama prospect played running back early in his career, and notes that could be an option down the road. However, Sims doesn't seem like he's ready to make a position switch anytime soon. Our own Josh Norris is higher on the Alabama signal-caller than most. "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."
Source: Al.com
Jan 28 - 3:14 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes that Alabama senior OLB Xzavier Dickson "can rush the passer or play in space."

"Many sleeping on Xzavier Dickson/Alabama; terrific 3-4 OLB prospect. Can rush the passer or play in space. Rebounded in '2014 after poor '2013," Pauline tweeted. Pauline wrote earlier this season that he believes Dickson should sneak into the later rounds of the draft.
Jan 28 - 2:45 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Sims just finished an up and down week at the Senior Bowl, which matches his tape. Rotoworld's Josh Norris observed Sims was more accurate when more defenders were on the field (7 on 7s, team exercises) compared to throwing against air or in 1 on 1s. That odes not bode well for throwing at the Combine.
Jan 28 - 10:33 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Alabama senior QB Blake Sims was inconsistent at the Senior Bowl.

"He tends to get in a funk at times and his confidence drops, but when in rhythm, Sims has looked like the best quarterback in Mobile at times," Brugler wrote. "He buzzed accurate passes all over the field and didn't shy from making tough reads, testing downfield windows and not just checking down during seven-on-seven drills." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is higher on the Alabama signal-caller than most. "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."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 7:25 PM

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


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