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Dolphins selected Miami RB Kenyan Drake with the No. 73 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Drake (6'1/210) was a timeshare back for the Crimson Tide, rotating in behind Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon. He finished his career with a 233-1,495-18 (6.42 YPC) rushing line and 46-570-4 (12.4 YPR) receiving, and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchown last year. The lightning to Henry's thunder, Drake is speedy (4.45 forty) with short-area burst (10'4" broad jump) and passing-game value. He has a ceiling in the Charles Sims range.
Apr 29 - 10:07 PM

Patriots selected Alabama CB Cyrus Jones with the No. 60 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Jones (5'10/197) converted from wideout to corner and started his final 2 1/2 seasons for the Crimson Tide, piling up seven career INTs and four forced fumbles. Jones was even more impressive on punt returns, averaging 12.6 yards and bringing back four for touchdowns, setting an Alabama record. Jones tested well in Indy, running 4.49 with a 33-inch vertical and showing quickness in agility drills. On defense, Jones is a press-coverage specialist with slot experience and upside to become a lower-end No. 2 corner in the league.
Apr 29 - 9:36 PM

Seahawks selected Alabama DT Jarran Reed with the No. 49 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Reed (6'3/307) spent two years at Alabama after transferring from community college, logging 11 tackles for loss and two sacks across 28 starts. He was a second-team All-SEC pick as a senior. On game tape, Reed was largely devoid of pass-rush ability and therefore may max out as a two-down NFL player. Players of Reed's skill set are often found later in the draft.
Apr 29 - 8:39 PM

Lions selected Alabama DL A'Shawn Robinson with the No. 46 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Robinson (6'4/307) was a first-team All-American in 2015, turning pro after a three-year college career that witnessed 22 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a 30-game starter. Robinson just turned 21 and is still growing into his body. Although he didn't test particularly well at the Combine, Robinson has NFL-level length (34 1/2-inch arms), a pro-ready power game, and can play both strong-side end and defensive tackle. Robinson's weaknesses are a lack of explosive pass-rush movement and a tendency to play too high, the latter of which should be fixable. He profiles as an early-impact down lineman with significant room for growth and likely fills a 1-technique or 3-technique role for the Lions.
Apr 29 - 8:29 PM

Titans selected Alabama RB Derrick Henry with the No. 45 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Henry earned the Heisman Trophy for the 2015 national champs, finishing his three-year career with a rushing line of 603-3,591-42 (5.96 YPC). Drawing comparisons ranging from Brandon Jacobs to Christian Okoye to Curtis Enis, Henry has immense running talent but a limited passing-game resume (17 career catches) and a lumbering style near the line of scrimmage that renders him blocking dependent. Henry is an incredible athlete for his size, running 4.54 in Indy with an absurd 10-foot-10 broad jump and 37-inch vertical. Henry also excelled as a pass blocker in Alabama's pro-style offense, routinely swallowing edge rushers.
Apr 29 - 8:26 PM

Bills selected Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Ragland (6'1/247) was 2015's SEC Defensive Player of the Year, moving from weak-side to middle linebacker as a senior and finishing his career with 17.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, and three forced fumbles. Ragland weighed near 260 at Alabama, but dropped 12 pounds before the Combine to run 4.72 with a 9-foot-8 broad jump. An efficient tackler with some nastiness to his game, Ragland's shortcomings are average play speed and deficient pass coverage. Ragland reminds of Rey Maualuga as a likely two-down 'Mike' who may need to leave the field in passing situations.
Apr 29 - 7:59 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay views Alabama LB Reggie Ragland as the second-best prospect available for Day 2.

"While he has some athletic limitations, he has better third-down value than people think," McShay wrote, "including an underrated pass-rushing presence. He also brings outstanding football character and is one of the more NFL-ready prospects who could step in as a starter immediately." One reason Ragland could slide a bit more, though, is a flagged enlarged aorta. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, it shouldn't have an impact on his playing future, though some teams are shuffling him down their boards regardless.
Apr 29 - 1:13 PM

The Tuscaloosa News' Andrew Bone and Aaron Suttles reports that Alabama DL coach Bo Davis stepped down due to possible recruiting violations.

According to Bone and Suttles, Alabama has launched an internal investigation to explore potential recruiting violations, with the NCAA also looking into the matter. In a predictably unenlightening statement regarding Davis' resignation, HC Nick Saban said, "Bo Davis has submitted his letter of resignation. We appreciate all the contributions he made to the program and wish him and his family the very best in the future." This is a developing story and more information should come down to pike over the coming days.
Source: Fox Sports
Apr 29 - 12:58 PM

Colts selected Alabama C Ryan Kelly with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Kelly (6'4/311) earned the 2015 Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center, finishing his 'Bama career with 36 starts. Kelly turned in an adequate-to-good Combine workout, running 5.03 with a 30-inch vertical and 26 reps on the bench. Kelly didn't allow a sack as a senior and committed just one penalty. He stands out on Derrick Henry tape, overwhelming opponents and dominating at the point of attack. Arguably the most pro-ready interior line prospect in this year's draft, Kelly has a bright future as a starting center.
Apr 28 - 10:19 PM

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that Alabama LB Reggie Ragland was flagged for an enlarged aorta.

The condition requires yearly monitoring, according to RapSheet, and has caused some teams to push Ragland down the board a bit. "Ragland's enlarged aorta is not expected to alter his football career," Rapaport reported based on conversations with seven teams. In their final mock drafts, Rotoworld's Josh Norris had Ragland going No. 27 to the Packers and Thor Nystrom didn't mock Ragland into the first round.
Apr 28 - 1:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Philadelphia "has emerged as the leading candidate" to host the 2017 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles is still alive, but the NFL may view Philadelphia as more feasible while construction continues on the Rams' mega complex that will eventually house the NFL Network. That complex won't be complete until 2019.
Apr 27 - 5:02 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Alabama C Ryan Kelly has "got Pro Bowl potential."

"Very athletic, tough, strong," the scout said. "I think he's a two (second-round pick) and it wouldn't shock me if a team desperate for a center took him late one. He has that Logan Mankins feel when Logan came out of Fresno (in 2005). He'll have a long career because he's a technician." A different scout said Kelly is "a lot better than Barrett Jones", the player he replaced in 2013. "I don't love him but he's a day-one starter," a third scout said. "He needs strength."
Apr 27 - 2:26 PM

An NFL scout said Alabama RB Derrick Henry "is Eddie George" but added that the "dilemma will be, can he play in today's spread?"

As quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the scout called Henry's running style "leggy." "In the NFL he will have to get his pad level down," a different scout said. "He runs too high." Not everyone is concerned. "If he gets going north-south you better bring it, because he's going to get yards after contact," a third scout said. "If it's muddy in Green Bay and it's the championship game and you've got to control the clock, I want Derrick Henry in my backfield." A fourth chimed in: "Doesn't have all the things you want but he's a 4.5 big guy who has some jump cut, some movement. He's a bitch on the perimeter. It takes him a minute to get rolling. You can get him early inside. But if he gets to the second level he's a man. And he proved he could catch in the workout."
Apr 26 - 7:53 PM

Alabama LB Reggie Ragland's Wonderlic scores of 10 and 15 concern some NFL scouts.

"Great (expletive) kid," one scout said. "He'll knock the (expletive) out of you. Fast, explosive, not very smart. That's going to affect him on the next level." A different scout had this take: "There was a little knock on him learning the playbook early. Talking to people at Alabama, you're not going to throw an NFL playbook at him Day 1. But in time he will learn it. When he learns it he can retain it." Ragland recorded 220 tackles for the Tide. "When he hits people they stop right there," a third scout said. "He's a plugger. Good reading through hats, diagnosing quick. He can get sideline to sideline tracking people down." A fourth scout questioned if Ragland can become good enough at coverage to be a three-down linebacker.
Apr 26 - 3:43 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Alabama C Ryan Kelly will be a first-rounder.

Zierlein actually has been grading Kelly as a second-rounder throughout the process, but he thinks the lack of center depth in this draft class could elevate Kelly to first-round glory. "Kelly is clearly the best center in this draft and teams realize there will be a big drop in quality after him at that position. Because of this, his value is skyrocketing and he should land in the first round," the analyst wrote. Zierlein colleague Gil Brandt sees the 6-foot-5, 296-pound center as a potential plug-and-play rookie.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 1:46 PM


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