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Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay wrote that Alabama WR Amari Cooper is "a really intriguing option for Oakland at No. 4 overall."

McShay and his Scouts Inc. cohorts rank Cooper as the No. 1 receiver. "He did nothing to hurt his stock with a really strong combine performance, including a 4.42-second 40-yard dash," McShay wrote. "When you pair that with his route-running ability and all-around game (his 33-inch vertical was a little bit of a concern), he's a really intriguing option for Oakland at No. 4 overall." The analyst added that it's currently "about 50-50 right now between Cooper and [Kevin] White in terms of being the first WR drafted."
Mar 2 - 1:22 AM

One NFL scout said Alabama S Landon Collins is better than Green Bay's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and another said they should have the same grade.

"Where did the Packers get Clinton-Dix (21)?" one scout wondered. "He's the same guy. Same grade. He's OK. I'm not going to say sure-fire great. I think he's smart and physical. He's the best safety." Collins, of course, started alongside Clinton-Dix in 2013. "I thought he was better than the guy in Green Bay," another scout said. "Little better movement." The 6-foot, 215-pound Collins led the Crimson Tide with 103 tackles and three interceptions this past season. He also had 10 passes defended and 4.5 tackles for loss.
Mar 2 - 12:09 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon "probably has the best feet of any back in the draft."

"He'll go right around 30, 35," said the scout. "He and [Melvin] Gordon will fight for first back [taken]." The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon ran a highly mediocre 4.61 forty at the combine. "He's different than [Eddie] Lacy," one scout said. "Lacy's more power. This guy can run with power, but he also has some moves. I'd take Lacy over him. Only question I have on Yeldon, is he beat to hell and back? All those guys down there (Alabama) get beat up." In college, Yeldon had 576 carries for 3,322 yards (5.8) and 37 scores, adding 46 catches.
Mar 1 - 10:33 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes wide receiver is the safest position in the 2015 NFL Draft.

"It seemed like it was boom or bust, and we can go through the Mike Williams, Troy Williamson, Darrius Heyward-Bey and all the risk involved," Jeremiah said. "Then last year, we hit on all these guys. This year, I think they're some of the safest players in the draft, which you never would have said before. These guys are clean players. They've got high character and check every box." NFL Media colleague Charles Davis believes up to five receivers could go in Round 1, including West Virginia's Kevin White, Alabama's Amari Cooper, Louisville's DeVante Parker, and some combination of Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham, Arizona State's Jaelen Strong, Ohio State's Devin Smith and Michigan tight end/receiver Devin Funchess.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 8:35 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt observed that Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon "didn't jump out at you or look special in the [combine] drills."

"He didn't appear to have very good change-of-direction ability while running," Brandt wrote. "And I know Alabama backs of late have missed (Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson) in their first few pro seasons more than they've hit (Eddie Lacy). But I still like Yeldon, who racked up 3,322 yards and averaged 5.8 yards per carry in three years at Alabama, to be a pretty good NFL player. I especially like that he had a history of making big plays when the Crimson Tide really needed it; he was a lock to convert on third down. He catches the ball well enough (46 receptions for 494 yards and two scores) that he can be in on all three downs, no matter what the situation is." That we know of, the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon has met with the Seahawks, Eagles, Steelers and Jaguars. Yeldon battled hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the season, but says that he is now completely healthy.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 2:18 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that there "really isn't a flaw in [Alabama WR Amari] Cooper's game at this point."

"Running a 4.42 40 at the combine eases any long-speed concerns," Kiper wrote. "I had Cooper as my No. 1 WR even with some questions as to whether he was in the same 'athlete' class as some other WRs in this class, but the distance between him and even the athletic freaks is almost negligible now. He caught 84 more passes than the next-closest Bama player. Think about that." We grade Cooper as the No. 3 receiver in the class. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper collected 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
Feb 28 - 5:42 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper is "one of the better route runners to come out in a long, long time," an NFL scout said.

"Very skilled, explosive and fast," he added. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper ran a 4.42 forty with a 1.62 10-yard split on Saturday. He posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. "Dynamic player," another scout said. "Quick, fast, agile, good hands. Difference-maker."
Feb 23 - 10:34 PM

Alabama S Landon Collins' Combine measurements are 6'0" 228 lbs, with 31 1/2" arms and 9 3/8" hands.

Don't assume this is a negative. For comparison, Shaq Thompson measured in at 6'0" 228 lbs, with 33" arms and 9 1/2" hands. Collins plays a lot of safety closer to the box, but also did well in single high safety looks. Alabama asked their safeties to roll a bit more than others schools do.
Feb 21 - 11:28 AM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper ran an "unofficial" 4.42 forty with a 1.62 10 yard split.

This is a great time for a 6'1", 211 lbs receiver with 10" hands and 31 1/2" arms. Cooper himself admitted to need to improve in contested catches. He will shine in the "small" receiver game, meaning quickness, burst, separation and yards after catch ability.
Feb 21 - 10:44 AM

Alabama senior ILB Trey DePriest (torn meniscus) mentioned that he's hoping to workout at Alabama's pro day on March 11th.

The Crimson Tide prospect underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the offseason, which forced him out of this week's activities at the combine. The 6-foot-2, 242-pound DePriest recorded 87 total tackles at the inside linebacker position, with five tackles for loss, three pass breakups, and one forced fumble. The Crimson Tide prospect is best-suited as a two-down ILB in a 3-4 defense.
Feb 20 - 3:27 PM

Updating a previous item, Josh Norris has learned Blake Sims will only go through QB drills.

It was previously reported that Sims would go through both QB and RB drills. It is not uncommon for teams to request players go through multiple positions, but that usually occurs for edge rushers. Sims has been viewed by some as a RB and a WR, especially early in his Alabama career.
Feb 20 - 2:30 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims will also test at RB at the NFL Combine.

Sims has outstanding phone booth movement in the pocket for a quarterback, and he actually began the early portions of his career at RB and WR. Rotoworld's Josh Norris buys into some of Blake Sims' skills because of that natural pocket movement while keeping his eyes up, but a position switch isn't out of the question.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 10:24 AM

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon mentioned that he has met with the Seahawks, Eagles, Steelers and Jaguars, according to Alabama beat writer Marquavius Burnett.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon was a tad banged up this season, as he dealt with hamstring issues and ankle injuries throughout the year. During his combine interview, the Crimson Tide prospect noted that "he's 100 percent healthy" now.
Feb 19 - 4:03 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper arrived at the Combine with measurements of 6'1", 211 lbs and 10" hands.

Cooper also has 31 1/2" arms. Expect Cooper to shine in change of direction drills, as in the 3-cone and short shuttle, as he displays very little wasted movements in his routes. He should have a very good workout.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 2:26 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper has the "highest floor" of the top receivers in the draft, according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

The analyst was specifically comparing Cooper to West Virginia's Kevin White and Louisville's DeVante Parker. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Cooper as the top receiver, while colleague Daniel Jeremiah slots Cooper No. 2 behind White. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, though he posted a drop rate of 11.4% in five 2014 games charted by Matt Harmon.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 2:43 AM


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